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#201 2021-10-04 18:10:01

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Ya was told that by my other family members when I got home...with all of the crying I would have thought Twitter was also not functioning....

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#202 2021-10-05 17:30:48

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The suspense is killing me.  What happened to Faceplant and the Tweeter?

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#203 2021-10-05 18:41:00

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Facebook news indicated with apologies that it had networking problems...

Aka they probably got hacked....

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#204 2021-10-22 13:41:14

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I got used to lack of work, one day of work per week or less. Now it's busy. Worked 3 or the 4 days of Convention. Caught a portion of each day, but the only full day was Saturday, the day I presented. Slept in this morning, expecting no work. Was awakened by a phone call from dispatch. He sent an email for work, and had a second job waiting. Run! Now in transit to second site. Both inside the city but central and east end. First they would have like me to start an hour and a half earlier, but again slept in. Then a simple task turned difficult, had to remove the new equipment, put old printer back. New one will be returned, it didn't work. Configured wrong and I shouldn't have to configure. And I couldn't access setup, it's locked down. New model printer on new computer system. I'm supposed to be onsite technician aka level one. I'm getting very disappointed with level 3 support.

Second site will be hours after they hoped. I hope this one is simple. Old system and simple monitor replacement. Should be easy. I did this before at this site. I thought I told them to get a UPS with surge suppressor. For this to happen again it means they didn't.

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#205 2021-10-22 18:10:24

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Not surprised with the first since the drives need to be compatible with the OS and not all companies are upgrading them since we will soon be onto windows 11 and done with it before we know it. Partly due to trying to make use of the 64 bits that the computers have....

Good luck...

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#206 2021-10-28 09:32:56

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Just got one of those scam phone calls. They used to claim they were from the "Windows technical department". This one was obviously someone who didn't speak English well, reading a script, and claimed to be from Intel. I just hung up.

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#207 2021-10-28 17:57:22

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How about a scam email for a product you know that you did not order...since you do not use the software currently....

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#208 2021-11-27 15:38:35

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Last night had freezing rain. Roads and sidewalks are very slippery. Temperature is +1°C but high humidity. Breeze is chilly.

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#209 2021-11-27 15:45:16

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Thursday flew back to Little Grand Rapids for work. Computer had fries motherboard. Swapped hard drives to new computer. However, had difficulty finding new computer to install. Store manager had left a week earlier, staff operating without a manager. One clerk was ask to fill in until they got a new manager but he didn't want the responsibility. Turned out the computer was moved to a small stock room, and staff had fill the room with boxes floor to ceiling all the way to the door. After we dug out the boxes, discovered shelves on both walls. Of course the computer was top shelf in the furthest back corner of the room. A visiting manager had ordered them to unpack the room and told me to leave for the Lodge, come back in the morning. But staff hadn't done anything. Had to dig Friday morning. But found it, finished an hour and a half before my flight home.

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#210 2022-01-09 12:03:14

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May I vent? I posted in the Large Scale Colonization Ship thread that I finally met my friend who used to work as a chef. I asked his help to design kitchens for the ship, and help with food planning. We had a long discussion. This individual can be odd. He owned/operated a toy expo trade show, but attended Keycon. He complained Keycon wasn't run the way he thought it should. So he expanded his trade show to become a local Comic Con. He did very well! Keycon has 600 people attend every year, spending the whole weekend. Central Canada Comic Con (aka C4) is a definitely different, the emphasis is sale of comic books, toys, and art. People at Comic Con spend an hour or two, while people at Keycon stay the whole weekend. Completely different shows. But C4 had attendance of 16,000 people in 2008, growing until it reached 47,000. They brought in attendees from other parts of Canada, not just locals.

The thing I wanted to vent about is his stories. At Keycon he often bragged that his family was Mafia. That's not a good thing, so if it were true, why admit to it? My sister did an investigation to one cousin he claimed was a lawyer for the mafia, and she found there is no such person. To be a lawyer you have to be registered with a bar association, so that's something that can be checked. There was no such person. At my meeting yesterday he claimed he at served in the military in Iraq until he was wounded. He's never mentioned serving in the military before, and Canada didn't participate in the second Iraq War. Canada did in the Persian Gulf War of 1991, and definitely in Afghanistan, but not the second Iraq War. He claimed he was hit by shrapnel from a bomb, told he could serve a desk job or get a medical discharge. He claimed he chose the discharge. But he has no evidence of wounds. If his woulds were so severe that he couldn't serve again, then where no evidence of wounds? I've know him since 2002. Yea, that's another thing, how could he have served in Iraq when I saw him at Keycon every May since 2002? He stopped attending Keycon when he founded Comic Con, but he asked me to be his head of security for the first Comic Con at which he brought in actors. That's held the Halloween weekend. I've seen him Halloween weekend every year since 2008. Between 2008 and 2009 he asked me to serve on the Convention Committee, which was the board of directors for Comic Con. I attended monthly meetings that year, he was here in Winnipeg. How could he have served in Iraq?

Sigh. Some people.

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#211 2022-01-14 16:42:01

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Someone sent me a joke email. Attachment was a video clip of a comedy skit. The email included a link to today's weather: currently -19°C, overnight -24°C, but Sunday it's supposed to be -2°C, cloudy with chance of flurries. Then Wednesday -25°C and sunny.

YouTube: RMR: Seven Day Forecast

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#212 2022-01-14 19:21:44

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RobertDyck wrote:

Someone sent me a joke email. Attachment was a video clip of a comedy skit. The email included a link to today's weather: currently -19°C, overnight -24°C, but Sunday it's supposed to be -2°C, cloudy with chance of flurries. Then Wednesday -25°C and sunny.

YouTube: RMR: Seven Day Forecast

Sounds like a warm summer's day in Utopia Planetia :-)

Incidentally, your friend in post 210 sounds like a BS artist and not a very good one.

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#213 2022-01-18 17:05:39

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Just did another service call to a Post Office. Replaced a scale. Calibration requires entering the strength of gravity. Default when it comes from the depot is 9.8048, however gravity for my city is 9.8103. Interesting that there's so much difference in gravity from one location to another.

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#214 2022-01-23 19:10:33

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Picture taken with my smartphone out my bedroom window today 12:17pm.
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Current temperature -16°C, overnight low -24°C, windchill will "feel like" -35°C.
Tomorrow projected high -23°C, "feels like" -34°C.
Tomorrow overnight low -30°C, "feels like" -41°C.

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#215 2022-01-23 19:31:08

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Its hard to tell how much snow had fallen but the banking of my driveway are of similar size or maybe a little less....

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#216 2022-01-26 20:20:09

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Meanwhile In Winnipeg Beach
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#217 2022-01-27 17:32:15

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That is one way to keep the winter blues from setting in.

The snow I have due to the rain that followed it is more like ice than fluffy. I am due to get a blast of it coming late Friday through Sunday but the track is still undecided for being a 4" to 20" of the snow and cold that is headed my way.

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#218 2022-02-02 21:41:54

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Weather today: -29°C (-20°F), wind 13km/h, humidity 68%, feels like -39°C (-38°F)
Prediction tonight @ 6am: -39°C (-38°F), feels like -51°C (-60°F)

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#219 2022-02-02 22:15:10

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Inspired by your Winnipeg report #218 .... here is the recent list from Curiosity (via NASA)...

Sol 3368
January 26, 2022
High:27°    F    |    C
Low:-96°    F    |    C

Sol 3362
Jan. 20
High: 25°F
Low: -98°F

Sol 3363
Jan. 21
High: 18°F
Low: -96°F

Sol 3364
Jan. 22
High: 19°F
Low: -96°F

Sol 3365
Jan. 23
High: 21°F
Low: -94°F

Sol 3366
Jan. 24
High: 25°F
Low: -94°F

Sol 3367
Jan. 25
High: 27°F
Low: -98°F

Sol 3368
Jan. 26
High: 27°F
Low: -96°F

It occurs to me to wonder if the "feels like" value might be different, because there is so much less atmosphere.

I'm assuming the "feels like" value in Winnipeg is a function of humidity? as well as temperature and wind?

There's not much humidity or wind on Mars.

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#220 2022-02-02 23:41:07

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Wind Chill calculation has changed. A number of years ago a university hired some students to volunteer to be exposed to cold temperatures, wind and humidity. They measured how quickly body temperature would drop. "The Weather Network" is a weather service in Canada. They use the phrase "feels like" instead of wind chill to make clear what this is. And the formula is not the same as it was in the 1950s/'60s/'70s. I mentioned humidity, but the formula they use now is based on temperature and wind speed only. It's based on heat loss per square metre. Mars will be quite different, because extreme low pressure means very little heat loss to atmosphere. However, ground will be extremely cold.

The Problem With Wind Chill - A Weather Moment

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#221 2022-02-03 08:09:50

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For RobertDyck re #220

Thanks for picking up on the question!  I ** think ** the outer garment for a Mars resident might be something on the order of a wind breaker.

The next layer in might be something like a sweater?  And I'm assuming the body suit concept for pressure.

It would appear (from your remarks) that foot gear needs to be designed for near-arctic conditions to prevent heat loss, but (hopefully) it can be light weight so that the outfit is not a burden to wear outside for hours at a time.

There is probably a topic where this discussion might be a better fit, but it started with a weather report from Winnipeg.

The region where I live is hunkering down for a layer of ice.  I was outside briefly this morning, and I sure am glad I don't have to drive anywhere today.

Mars will never have to contend with ** that **.

PS .... I'm looking forward to your feedback to James Burk.  I'm glad to see him ** out there ** trying to help the Society to improve it's performance.

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#222 2022-02-14 20:10:50

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#223 2022-02-14 21:36:56

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No worries and I hope you do get some sleep and not worry about the differences that we are seeing in the analog versus the real large ship. You stay the course with your and I will try to finish pulling key elements of what we would want from it for the analog version.

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#224 2022-02-23 19:17:47

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My girlfriend keeps send me T-shirts from this company, with different slogans. The last point reminded me of posts by GW Johnson.
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#225 2022-03-15 16:11:11

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Yea! Snow has started to melt. There were puddles on streets yesterday. Today sidewalks are mostly free of snow, melting faster. Weather network says it's +2°C right now. We have more snow than I've seen since the flood of 1997. Hopefully it will melt slowly over the remainder of the month. If it all melts all at once, that would cause a flood.

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