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Winter, With a View to Spring

By: Bogon , 4:54 PM GMT on October 30, 2016

NOAA Geostationary Satellite Server
Northern Hemisphere Rainbow Composite


The National Center for Atmospheric Research



University of Wisconsin - Madison
Cooperative Institute for Meteororological Satellite Studies
Morphed Integrated Microwave Imagery at CIMSS (MIMIC), version 2
Total Precipitable Water - North America, Last 24 Hours


GFS 72 Hour Forecast: Mean Sea Level Pressure, 6-Hour Precipitation and 1000-850 MB Thickness


NOAA Satellite and Information Service
Office of Satellite and Product Operations
Satellite Products and Services Division
Northeast Pacific


Northwest Atlantic


Western Europe from EUMETSAT


US National Ice Center — Naval Ice Center
Northern Hemisphere Snow & Ice




500 hPa Height Anomalies


Teleconnections
Madden-Julian Oscillation
TRMM rain rates (shaded) overlaid with 200 hPa Velocity Potential Anomalies
 Negative anomalies (divergence) are cool-colored contours;
 positive anomalies (convergence) are warm-colored contours.


Forty Day Wheeler & Hendon Phase Chart


La Nada


Previous Entry

Pink Magnolia (Bogon)
with a hint of March Madness
Pink Magnolia

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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258. sandiquiz
8:01 AM GMT on April 01, 2017
For the last time on WUnderground I will wish you .........



See you around the New Ark :)


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257. palmettobug53
6:53 PM GMT on March 24, 2017
Oh, heavens! I remember The Prisoner! Hadn't thought about that show in years.
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256. ycd0108
6:15 PM GMT on March 24, 2017
Mornin' Bogon:
Our current house guest is watching Spokane College basketball avidly. He says a number of the players come from B.C.
Terrible game last night due to the reffing but Spokane squeaked by to play again tomorrow night.

I hear you regarding the peaking and waning of our involvement with Blogging but for now I'm trying to keep up with three blogs:
Sandi's Survivbors, Rob's Ark2 and Wu Blogs. To some extent it will be a relief when we are banished toward the sunset on this one.
I have most of the weather sites you have posted above bookmarked but it was so handy to just find your blog and see the satellite images all in one place.
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255. Bogon
5:14 PM GMT on March 24, 2017
Thanks for the invitation, Ylee. It helps to feel wanted. It's also nice that so many WU bloggers are taking the initiative to create options for us future WU exiles.

Seems to me that list would be a natural place to start, Bug, when it comes time to turn over a new leaf.

There was a period of time when my whole world view was skewed toward blogging. I was seeing everything in terms of whether I could blog about it. I'm actually kind of glad I got over that, you know? It was a weird place to be.

Still, there are a few ideas on that list that look like something I could work with, if I had the time and motivation. There are other files on the machine that contain outlines, fragments, partially completed or aborted blogs. Some of those might be salvageable, though surely some of them concern topics that are no longer, uh, topical.

One concept that most people can grasp is "living happily ever after". I don't need to be rich, famous or powerful, but I do want to be happy. A lot of fairy tales end with those words. The implication is that the story goes on, but we have reached a point after which the details are unimportant — or perhaps best left to the imagination. I'm thinking that this might be a great time to ride off into the sunset.

As Number Six used to say, "Be seeing you!"
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254. palmettobug53
5:03 PM GMT on March 21, 2017
Yeah, I can kinda understand taking a break. You know where to find us, when it's time.

I had to laugh at you and your blog idea file.

I was the same, when I first signed up. I had a notebook with handles, who they were, where they lived, spouses, children, pets, etc. (I was meeting so many people it was hard to keep everyone straight without a cheat sheet!)

It also had several pages of blog ideas. This was back when it was all new and I was just CONSUMED with hanging out on WU every available second. Time went by, I got a bit blasé and that list is probably still floating around on my computer stand somewhere. lol

Maybe I'll dig it out and use some of them later on.
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253. Ylee
7:11 AM GMT on March 21, 2017
Well, if someday you feel up to it, you can mosey over to the Ark! We'd be glad to have you over there!
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252. Bogon
11:17 PM GMT on March 20, 2017
Today was a beautiful first day of spring. Time to put the groundhog's prediction behind us and move along toward summer.

Sorry to keep y'all waiting. For a long time it was my habit to keep a regular schedule of visitation here, but I don't plan to spend much time here any more. It's too depressing.

I was thinking that I might try to curate the Dry Slot archive before it goes into cold storage. Now I'm leaning toward just abandoning my old blogs to the ravages of time and link rot. I figure that in a year (if not sooner) the Weather Company will quietly sweep them into the bit bucket.

Mass (#246) - Thanks for the tips and suggestions. I'm pretty sure I started a list somewhere.

Ylee, for some reason this year I never quite caught the fever for college basketball. My interest peaked during the ACC tournament. After a couple of rounds of the Big Dance there's only one team left that I care about (UNC). If the Tarheels lose, I shall have no further interest or obligation.

Bug - The other day I went poking around among computer files laid down over years of WU blogging, and I found one that contained a list of ideas for possible future blogs. That file was created back in the days when I still wrote periodic header updates.

Seeing that file sort of got the juices flowing again. It's possible that I'll have a slow day, maybe during summer when I'm trapped inside by furnace-like heat, and it could come to pass that starting another blog would seem like a proper remedy for creeping ennui.

Right now I can't get the taste of sour grapes out of my mouth. I'm very much looking forward to doing Other Stuff for a while. Indeed, there's a whole world of Other Stuff beckoning.

Ycd - So far I have not signed up with anybody anywhere. I may go lurking around some of those places, if they'll let me.

Mass (#251) - Shoot, your tune would have made a great last item here, except that I had to mess it up with one more comment of my own.

Geez, it sure has been a long time since that lanky blonde Canadian sylph danced onto the scene. The one time I bought tickets to see Joni Mitchell, she canceled the show. I forget why.

Sometimes I wish I could go back to that era and try again. Despite all the experience I have accumulated in the interim, I feel as though I understood that world better than this one.
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251. masshysteria
7:21 PM GMT on March 19, 2017
250. ycd0108
4:45 PM GMT on March 17, 2017
The GEOS North Hemisphere animated image above reminds of W.B. Yeats "The Second Coming" first couple of lines:
Link
Looks like the NEPac Low is a huge gear ("Widening gyre) driving warm wet weather right over my head.
I understand the feelings you express in comment # 243.
I figured it was worth the time and effort to register on Flickr with Sandi's Group and Rob's Ark2.
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249. palmettobug53
3:56 PM GMT on March 17, 2017
P.S. Don't forget your towel.
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248. palmettobug53
3:56 PM GMT on March 17, 2017
Hey, Bogon!

Flickr is quite different from what I'm used to here on WU. I'll go ahead and join The Ark. WordPress is going to have to wait a bit. Let WU shut down, me learn how to work/get around in Flickr, then The Ark. I was also locked out of my gmail for ages and I need to spend some time cleaning that up and getting everyone's email in my contacts. Too many of them were never officially put in contacts, so their emails just pop up, when I start typing. If I forget who they are, I'm stuck.

I've talked with Rob (aka GrandManan). He's looking for someplace to do his little daily weather and village update. He's looked at Sandi's Flickr group but that format isn't quite what he wants. I told him about The Ark and WordPress; those formats may be more suitable to his needs.

I got my final entry up here. Where ever you land, I hope you keep in touch. Us Carolinians need to stick together! lol

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247. Ylee
2:33 PM GMT on March 14, 2017
Got your brackets picked out yet?
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246. masshysteria
6:47 PM GMT on March 11, 2017
Hi Bogon! ~ Passing by to say hi and give you an invite to check out a brand new WU-style blogsite created by a longtime WU blogging buddy and computer whiz, Robdahood! It's truly a work of art and so cleverly put together. It's free, has no ads and is totally private from other prying sites, etc. once you become a member through him the administrator. So far, it has great weather sections, a photo site and other topical or not blogging sites to choose from. I've really enjoyed it so far and am excited to see how much further it develops. He loves any all feedback or ideas from joined members.

It's called, "The new Ark2"! It's easy to use, has far more features than Disqus, etc. (including weather sites, photos, other topical sections, etc.) and is rapidly expanding toward creating individual blogs like those currently seen here on WU. I love the feature of being able to post a picture directly from one's own computer pic files rather than posting it onto a photo-editing site first to then download into a post. If you happen to have the curiosity to check it out, here's the direct link if you're interested. Link to WELCOME TO THE ARK - for former WU bloggers

If you decide to permanently retire from the blogging community, one definitely understands. It can become, at times, a full-time commitment. If I don't happen to see you there or elsewhere, hope you and yours have many happy, healthy years to live your lives to the fullest! It was a such a pleasure blogging with you here for so many years. Sometimes, all good things must come to an end and, unfortunately, corporate acquisitions and then subsequent acts of attrition seemingly make that come true every time.

Best wishes,

Merle - (Masshysteria)

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245. Bogon
2:34 AM GMT on March 10, 2017
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244. palmettobug53
4:51 PM GMT on March 07, 2017
That bothers me, too. All those personal emails out there for all and sundry to read.

I won't do that. No way, José.

I went ahead and signed up on Disqus, just to have my foot in the door. Not sure how much time I'll spend there. I will sign up with Sandi's Flickr group, once I get my Yahoo email set up. I'll eventually have a blog at WP. Titled something like "Random Musings," it may be fairly random! LOL

The new handle will be LowcountryBug (or variations thereof, upper/lower case) at all three.
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243. Bogon
2:06 PM GMT on March 07, 2017
Sandi, (for years now — so far with no action) I have been thinking that I should join an image serving outfit in support of my blogging. Flickr likely would be as good a choice as any, better than some.

Unfortunately now it looks as though my blogging days may be coming to an end. I mean, I'm not getting any younger. At some point one wonders, how long can I keep this up? If I were to stop, when would that happen, exactly? When I can no longer pound a keyboard? When I die?

This dislocation, this cessation at WU, gives me a great opportunity, a good excuse, to stop, if I want to. I'm going to take a (possibly permanent) break after this to consider the options. I am not determined to persevere. Far from it.

Ycd, part of what bothers me about this situation is that it occurs at a time and with a pace of The Weather Company's choosing. I'm retired, so I get to decide how busy I want to be. The Weather Company has dumped a work load in my lap. I have an opportunity to wrap up, in one month, what it took me years to construct. What, I'm supposed to be happy that they're "improving" their site? Yee-hah. :o/
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242. ycd0108
8:26 PM GMT on March 06, 2017
" I don't have time for all this sh!t"
Good line Bogon:
I'm 'up and out' now.
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241. sandiquiz
8:15 PM GMT on March 06, 2017
I am going to give Aquak's Disqus a miss for the time being.

Once we have partied and the last man has turned out the lights, I will only be found in Flickr. I have had a presence there almost as long as I will have had in WU. (11 years)
Each morning I check both Flickr and WU to see who has said what whilst I slept. Now I shall only have to check Flickr, which has a great notification bell system that shows you exactly who has said what, and where, since you last looked.
No WordPress, (but I will follow those who already have blogs over there,) no FB and no Twitter. Once everything settles down, life should be easier!

I will still check back to Cat6 occasionally, especially when weather is bad... after all ... I am a paid up member until Nov 2018!! lol

EDIT - Blogging is public. My e-mail is private. Yes, I so agree, that is why it worries me all the WU folk busy writing their emails out on open blogs:(
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240. Bogon
8:00 PM GMT on March 06, 2017
It's a combination of name, e-mail and password, ycd. I don't know which name to use, either. The name(s) I use for e-mail account creation are different than the ones I used for blogging. They were created in a different context for a different purpose. I don't want those two domains to overlap. Blogging is public. My e-mail is private.

It occurs to me that I haven't read the terms of use (legalese) at Disqus yet. I don't have time for all this sh!t.
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239. ycd0108
7:41 PM GMT on March 06, 2017
As I expected my email is on Disqus but no iteration of imagined passwords will work.
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238. Bogon
7:25 PM GMT on March 06, 2017
Quoting 236. Ylee:

I was able to change my name on Disqus to Ylee when I was signed in. Surely Bogon is available?

That's good to know. Now all I have to do is figure out how to log in.
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237. Bogon
7:23 PM GMT on March 06, 2017
Somebody at WU is going to have to rewrite the Help Page. Gotta say, I don't envy them that. The description of what it means to be a member of Weather Underground just got a lot different.

Photos are going away. Over the years I uploaded 604 Photos and won 18 ACs. Actually I uploaded more than that. One year I got peeved at the approval process and deleted a bunch of them, especially the old ones.

"WU says goodbye to WUMail."
Q: What will happen to my existing messages?
A: Unfortunately, we are unable to archive your existing messages.

Unfortunately, so am I. I'm looking back over the more than one hundred messages that have accumulated in my Inbox over the years. I can save some of them, one at a time, from my browser to my hard disk. For most of them it's going to be cold turkey.

Here's one:
AUTO-REPLY: Re: AUTO-REPLY: Re: AUTO-REPLY: WunderAlertBot

It turns out that WunderAlertBot didn't have much to say, but the exchange was entertaining while it lasted. I also found:
    Condolences on the deaths of my parents. Both of them died since I joined WU.
    Advice on blogging from shoreacres.
    I got a valentine from surfmom!

I have less than a month to go through my old blogs. I'll probably delete a bunch of them, while I still can. Many of them suffer badly from link rot. The ones that feature pictures will be toast when all our photos vanish.
Q: Can I still view previous blog posts and comments?
A: Yes! All WunderBlog posts published prior to April 3 will be viewable; however, blog comments will not be displayed.

That's too bad. My visitors and I did some of our best work in the comments. It's the comments that made this place live.
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236. Ylee
7:22 PM GMT on March 06, 2017
I was able to change my name on Disqus to Ylee when I was signed in. Surely Bogon is available?
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235. Bogon
6:41 PM GMT on March 06, 2017
Thanks, Ylee. Disqus has been around for a decade, and their services are used by lots of people and corporations. It's possible that I created a login to comment on some thread somewhere, and now I have no idea where or when (or what password I used).

Come to think of it, I may have several identities at Yahoo, based on past or present ISP affiliations. I could create a new e-mail alias, but that wouldn't solve the problem. I want to keep my handle!

I don't have a membership anywhere (like Facebook) that can be used as a digital ID. Should I join Google Plus so I can join Disqus? That might work, but it sounds, um, counter-theoretical, since it creates a big loose end as a byproduct.

Heck, maybe I would like Google Plus.

There is surely no shortage of digital doodads and hickeydoos. That's part of our problems here. I've heard Flickr, Reddit and now Disqus proposed as possible solutions to the death of WU as we know it. When I went to Disqus, there was a link on the front page about something called Livefyre. The wiki article about Disqus mentioned Dropbox and Evernote. How am I supposed to keep up with all these things? People act like they think I know all these widgety names, what they do, what they're for, and how they will fit into my life.

Never heard of any of 'em. To me they all represent loose ends waiting to happen. You sign on with one of these outfits, you create yet another password that must be protected and remembered, you invest time, creativity and perhaps even money. Then what happens? They go bankrupt, or somebody buys them out, and your investment goes up in smoke.

That's how I feel about Weather Underground. Once bitten, twice shy.
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234. ycd0108
6:12 PM GMT on March 06, 2017
While we can still find you:
I've been stumbling around on Sandi's Flickr site. I'm afraid to fire up Disqus because i'm pretty sure I have a presence there since TheTyee went nutty but I'm not sure who I are there.
I had a perfectly good habit going for many years:
Fire up the desktop, go downstairs, make some coffee, light the furnace. bring a coffee up to the chair, light a cigarette, check ec.gc.ca weather, CBCBC and CBC, IRIS and maybe BBC before browsing WU Blogs.
If my handle showed up with a comment I tried to answer that or went on to recent comments on other familiar blogs.
Edit
Breakfast.
Now my comfortable routine has been totally disrupted:
I have to check out Flickr and then come back here to see if any WU Survivors are still lurking about.
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233. Ylee
5:05 PM GMT on March 06, 2017
Disqus uses Yahoo as a login, so there may be a conflict there, if you have a Yahoo email(or AT&T). I logged in using Google Plus.
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232. Bogon
11:57 AM GMT on March 06, 2017
Thanks for the tip, UK. You made me think that my response to the impending ending has been mostly negative, while some people are actively trying to do something positive.

I visited Disqus. When I tried to join, I got a message that somebody has already created an account using my e-mail. As far as I know, that person is not me. If somebody else is trying to cause me grief..., well, that is discouraging.

Frankly, I am prepared to be discouraged. At this point I am not highly motivated to continue this activity. If somebody wants to cause me problems, screw it. I have enough problems.
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231. insideuk
7:57 PM GMT on March 05, 2017
Bogon
See Aquak9's new blog! Bags are being packed...
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230. Bogon
7:35 PM GMT on March 05, 2017
Today's Garfield neatly captures our recent experience of spring weather. It hasn't actually snowed lately, but it could. There's still plenty of white left on the Naval Ice Center chart in the header.

By this point our chances for snow are dropping rapidly, day by day. Trees are starting to leaf. Weeds are growing in the yard. Chances that I will need to limber up the lawn mower are increasing exponentially.

Looks like a good onion crop this year. I wonder if that view represents the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM?
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229. Bogon
6:53 AM GMT on March 04, 2017
Bug, in a month or two I guess we'll find out if there's life after WU. I wonder what that looks like?

Good luck. Thanks for the mail.

Quoting 225. ycd0108:

#223:
Was that 'Little Big Man'?

Nope, it's the punchline of a joke somewhat like the one you told. The first part of the joke explains how the Lone Ranger and his faithful companion, Tonto, found themselves surrounded by Indians, and how that situation potentially represented a predicament for one of them.

I know what you mean, Ylee. I've had a slowly worsening feeling for a while now. There are a number of things about this site that used to work better than they do presently.

Sandi, I'm tempted to say a lot more than "Hiyo!" So far I've managed to keep a civil tongue in my head. On one level it would be very satisfying to wax profane. I might get banned.... but, guess what? I don't really have much to lose, do I?

So far it's mainly the new masters of WU, who are burning bridges.
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228. sandiquiz
4:41 PM GMT on March 03, 2017
LOL - ycd!!

But as the Lone Ranger said at the end of every episode ..."Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!"...

And in four weeks it will be a case of us all saying, "Hi-Yo, WU! We're away!!

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227. palmettobug53
3:09 PM GMT on March 03, 2017
Hey, B! sent ya a reply to your mail.
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226. Ylee
12:10 PM GMT on March 02, 2017
Quoting 223. Bogon:

We're changing our WunderBlogs.


Who's 'we', Kemosabe?


When IBM placed the Disclaimer, I had a bad feeling..... :P
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225. ycd0108
9:05 PM GMT on March 01, 2017
#223:
Was that 'Little Big Man'?
At some point Tonto was bitten on his 'Thingy' by a rattler.
Lone Ranger rides away to find the doc.
Doc is kinda busy but he gives LR all the best advice:
"Slice the flesh around the wound and suck the poison out."
LR rides back.
Tonto: "What did the Doc say?"
LR: "You are going to die."
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224. palmettobug53
7:45 PM GMT on March 01, 2017
Well, Bogon.... guess this is it. If you'll WUmail me your outtie mail, iffen we find a place to land, I'll let you know. I'll check WUmail until.... Hate to lose touch
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223. Bogon
7:28 PM GMT on March 01, 2017
We're changing our WunderBlogs.


Who's 'we', Kemosabe?
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222. Bogon
7:12 PM GMT on March 01, 2017
It's windy today! The March wind comes right on time.



Looks like rain later.

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221. sandiquiz
12:15 PM GMT on March 01, 2017


Happy Month :)

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220. ycd0108
6:42 AM GMT on March 01, 2017
I'm hoping Tloml and I are over the worst by now.
Most nights lately:
Tloml: "Cough..... come to bed!"
Me: "Sneeze.... Yes dear."
Watch this:
Me: "Come to bed."
Tloml: "I am."
Me: "Do I believe that?"
Stay tuned. I'm gonna hit the sack now.
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219. Bogon
4:45 AM GMT on March 01, 2017
I'm glad you got at least one sunny day, ycd. There's a big low with more clouds and rain headed your way.

Our weather continues to seesaw. It was 80° today. By the weekend it will be freezing again.

This kind of weather makes it kind of hard to get a rhythm, you know? Especially when you may not be feeling your best. Tonight I passed Wife on my way into the bedroom. She had a week's head start on the ailment we share, but she's still suffering aftereffects. "Ahem!" she said.

"Harrumph!" I replied. Misery loves company.
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218. ycd0108
5:07 PM GMT on February 28, 2017
MIMIC, above, shows why we have - 1 C. and clear sky just now:
The arctic outflow is keeping Pacific moisture at bay.
Anyhow here's some more good advice:
Link
I ain't gonna try the "Younger Women" advice though - I'm not wired for 2 20.
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217. Bogon
8:17 PM GMT on February 27, 2017
Quoting 216. ycd0108:

Hot fluids with lemon and alcohol flavoring.

Coffee in the morning.
Beer in the afternoon.
Nyquil at night.

Gotta stay hydrated.
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216. ycd0108
1:25 PM GMT on February 27, 2017
"Looks like I've got it, too. "
The symptoms you mention describe my January '17 pretty well.
Most extended family and friends locally took their turns at the sick-bed. Tloml had a couple of 'down-days' but she did not complain as much nor sleep all day like I did for most of that month. Only sat upright now and then to blow my nose and cough so I did not drown in mucus.
Other blogger/commentors mentioned either themselves or their spouses suffering.
Recommended remedies were fairly consistent:
Hot fluids with lemon and alcohol flavoring.
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215. Bogon
9:29 AM GMT on February 27, 2017
The program Wife and I heard in Greensboro was similar to the TED talk. The material was expanded and updated.

President Trump says he wants to "make America great again". Stevenson reminds us that we have a history of genocide and racially motivated domestic terrorism in this country, which is not so great. If we aspire to greatness, we need to "change the narrative". Addressing Mr. Stevenson's list of ills would make a good starting point for Trump's program.

    *    *    *

Spring has been making grand progress in this neck of the woods, Ylee. Pear trees and forsythia bushes are starting to hatch. So far the bloom looks tentative despite a spell of weather that would do April credit. It's just as well, because right now it is 31°.

Last week Wife brought home some kind of ailment. She missed a few days of work. Tonight I'm coughing and sneezing, and my nose is running. Looks like I've got it, too. :oP
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214. Ylee
4:36 PM GMT on February 26, 2017
Good Ted talk. Dropped from 80 degrees Friday afternoon to 21 this morning; I'm afeared that our magnolias, which had just started to bloom(In February!) is now toast. :P
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213. Bogon
5:12 AM GMT on February 22, 2017
For several days now temperatures have remained consistently above freezing. I want to take out the plants that have overwintered in the garage, so they can get sunshine and rain. My mind says it's too soon; we can still get freezing weather. The forecast says this warmth will continue for the foreseeable future (~10 days). That's long enough to do the plants some good. I just have to remember to drag them all back inside, if the wind changes out of the north.

    *    *    *

Tonight Wife and I went to hear this guy speak.

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212. Ylee
5:05 AM GMT on February 22, 2017
After all, we lived just fine without WU for 50-60+ years, I'm sure we could all survive..........
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211. Bogon
6:54 PM GMT on February 21, 2017
Quoting 210. ycd0108:

This place is already 'not the same'.

You got that right. I'm still cooking up comments, but I'm already distancing myself psychologically. It's not at all clear that I want to continue here in the absence of the features and people that attracted me in the first place. I mean, I don't need to do this. I have already said much of what I had to say. There seems little point in endlessly recycling and refining. I could free up time for something else. Life goes on.
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210. ycd0108
5:35 PM GMT on February 21, 2017
"Wow, this place won't be the same without WUnderphotos."
This place is already 'not the same'.
I'm guessing that most blog authors are backing off and wondering if it's worth the bother to even cook up a comment.
Whatever comes out of the new regime
it has been fun!
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209. Bogon
9:51 PM GMT on February 20, 2017
Wow, this place won't be the same without WUnderphotos.

Just for the heck of it I clicked over to the Main Gallery and took a look around. It was business as usual. Photographers are still snapping away. There was no sign of impending doom, except one person has uploaded a string of pictures that are all entitled "Save WUnderphotos".

When I first heard that photos are getting the axe, I uploaded a couple that had been sitting on the camera for a while. My intention was that they would be my last upload. It didn't matter that they were a few days old. That has always been my biggest gripe about the rules here at WU: photos must be current in order to be shown on the gallery. To me a good photo is a good photo, regardless of when it was taken. In other words, beauty is eternal.

There is also an attitude among some of the photo aficionados, which they go to great pains to disguise, that I might call photo snobbery. The guys who shoot pictures every day with their large format cameras and their thousand dollar lenses look for beauty of composition etc. I think that (on this site, anyway) there is definitely a place for documentary photography, shot by people with a cheap camera, no tripod and no time to set up the exposure and focus. They get one chance to point and shoot, and what you see is what you get. "Here's a mudslide. I gotta go."

There is also the question of location. I mean, we don't all live next to Mount Shasta or the Tetons. Anybody can take a pretty neat photo at the Grand Canyon, right? I have been there two or three times, but I was not there today. Today I was on my back porch, and I did not take my camera.

Still, after visiting the Gallery, I found myself wondering. Maybe there's time enough to win one last AC, if only I wait for the perfect sunset or walk down the street to search for the perfect pink tree. Or maybe I could snap the ultimate daffodil. I have surely taken dozens of daffodil pictures by now, and they're all pretty much the same; but maybe this could be The One! Essence of daffodil. Daffodil the archetype. The apotheosis of daffodil.

Nah. I'm not that much into photography. Apparently IBM isn't, either.
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208. Bogon
9:06 PM GMT on February 19, 2017
I think that's just a regular low, ycd, spinning over the Atlantic coast of Morocco.

Here's a pretty good satellite view that has both your house and mine in it.

I thought I might find someone willing to jump down it, Ylee. :o)

Guess I must have asked YouTube the wrong question, or didn't ask nicely enough. Thanks for finding the missing ingredient. That version is quite a bit different. I'm going to have to listen to it again.
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