Old 01-31-2011, 03:45 PM   #102876
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:23 AM   #102877
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Mine is still at zero.

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Only an inch or so of snow on the ground so far, but it isn't supposed to stop until tomorrow when it might turn to ice...
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:41 AM   #102878
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I have a radio which can receive weather reports from an alternate universe. The weather reporters are talking about snow related accidents all over this area. I look outside, and not a single flake of snow fell last night.

The "Groundhog Blizzard of 2011" is supposed to last through tomorrow evening, with up to 12" of snow. I'll believe it when (if) I see it.
 

Old 02-01-2011, 10:11 AM   #102879
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Today/tonight is Imbloc or St Brigid's Day.

I ought to write another story in my series about the Goddess Brigid (who is no saint!).

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Old 02-01-2011, 10:48 AM   #102880
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:48 PM   #102881
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I bought some ebooks from eBay.

I received 3 DVDs which claim to be 200,000 books. I have loaded 2 of the 3 disks to my computer and I have found a large number of books that are obviously still copyright.

I can't open some of the files because they are in formats that my system doesn't recognise, but I have thousands, possibly tens of thousands, of books in .pdf, .txt, and .rtf files.

I'm concerned that I have bought many copyright books for next to nothing.

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Old 02-02-2011, 10:47 PM   #102882
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You probably haven't heard of him but he was one of the last pioneers of rotary aviation. He was a classic American inventor and tinkerer; unfortunately, they don't make them anymore.

Kaman Corporation was a large supplier of helos to the Armed Services until a fellow by the name of Lyndon Johnson came along. Lyndon had a Texas company named Bell Helicopter as a constituent; all of a sudden— for some strange reason— Kaman didn't win new contracts.


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Charles H. Kaman, an innovator in the development and manufacture of helicopter technology and, following a wholly different passion, the inventor of one of the first electrically amplified acoustic guitars, died on Monday in Bloomfield, Conn. He was 91.

Mr. Kaman, who had suffered several strokes over the last decade, died of complications of pneumonia, his daughter, Cathleen Kaman, said. He lived in Bloomfield.

Mr. Kaman (pronounced ka-MAN) was a 26-year-old aeronautical engineer when he founded the Kaman Aircraft Company in 1945 in the garage of his mother’s home in West Hartford, Conn. By the time he retired as chairman in 2001, he had built the Kaman Corporation into a billion-dollar concern that distributes motors, pumps, bearings and other products as well as making helicopters and their parts.

Within the aerospace industry, Mr. Kaman is best known for inventing dual intermeshing helicopter rotors, which move in opposite directions, and for introducing the gas turbine jet engine to helicopters. The company’s HH-43 Huskie was a workhorse in rescue missions in the Vietnam War.

Mr. Kaman, a guitar enthusiast, also invented the Ovation guitar, effectively reversing the vibration-reducing technology of helicopters to create a generously vibrating instrument that incorporated aerospace materials into its rounded back. In the mid-1960s he created Ovation Instruments, a division of his company, to manufacture it.

The Ovation allows musicians to amplify their sound without generating the feedback that often comes from using microphones. It was popularized in the late 1960s by the pop and country star Glen Campbell, who played it on his television show, “The Glen Campbell Good Time Hour,” and who appeared in advertisements for the company. A long roster of rock and folk music guitarists began using it as well.

With his second wife, Roberta Hallock Kaman, Mr. Kaman founded the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, which trains German shepherds as guide dogs for the blind and the police. Since 1981, Fidelco has placed 1,300 guide dogs in 35 states and four Canadian provinces, said Eliot D. Russman, the foundation’s executive director.

“It came down to the helicopters, guitars and dogs,” Mr. Kaman’s eldest son, C. William Kaman II, said in a telephone interview.

In addition to his daughter, Cathleen, an artist who is known professionally as Beanie Kaman, and his son William, Mr. Kaman is survived by another son, Steven; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Born on June 15, 1919, in Washington, Charles Huron Kaman was the only child of Charles William Kaman and Mabel Davis Kaman. As a teenager, he loved building model airplanes from balsa wood and tissue paper and flying them in indoor competitions. He had once hoped to be a professional pilot but abandoned that ambition because he was deaf in his right ear.

He received his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the Catholic University of America in 1940. After graduating, he went to work at Hamilton Standard Propeller Corporation, a unit of United Aircraft. He soon met Igor Sikorsky, another pioneer in helicopter design, who ran United’s helicopter division and who inspired Mr. Kaman to begin developing his own parts.

One of his first inventions was the “servo-flap,” which could be added to the edges of a rotor blade to help stabilize a helicopter. But one of his greatest contributions was to introduce jet engines to helicopters.

“It gave them more power,” said Walter J. Boyne, chairman of the National Aeronautic Association and the author of numerous books on aviation. “Helicopters really moved into their own.”

Terry Fogarty, who worked closely with Mr. Kaman for nearly a decade developing the K-MAX “aerial truck,” said Mr. Kaman, who developed the first remote-control helicopter in 1957, envisioned an unmanned cargo helicopter that would take over the “dull, dirty and dangerous missions.”

The company is developing such a helicopter, based on the K-MAX, and has a contract to deploy it to the Marine Corps for use in Afghanistan.

Mr. Kaman married Helen Sylvander in 1945; they divorced in 1971. Later that year he married Roberta Hallock, who died last year.

Ms. Kaman recalled her father strumming different versions of the Ovation in a studio at home, trying to figure out how deep or shallow to make the rounded back to produce the best sound.

“That was his big gift to the three of us,” she said. “When he would come home, he would play guitar.”




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I think I've heard this one before. Isn't there a rabbi involved?
 

Old 02-03-2011, 04:33 PM   #102884
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There are levels to this purgatory. Of course there are! Why didn't I realize this earlier? I've traded one level of hell for another; I am unsure, however, if this is a lateral or vertical move. The cruise director has disappeared (no surprise). I don't believe a beverage cart is forthcoming, either.

This is, after all, hell.
 

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I hate it when I can't think of anything interesting to say to introduce myself to someone new (dating site). I know it shouldn't sound like a pickup line, but I also know it shouldn't look cut and paste either. The headline should catch their eye (not just a hello), but it shouldn't be repulsive either.

Or am I over thinking this?
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This morning I dreamed I was UFC fighter Forrest Griffin, and that I was making out with UFC fighter Rich Franklin's sister outside a basement nightclub filled with teens, and people I play poker with. the best kiss I have had in years and it was with a fictional person in a dream...

Why am I the only one posting in this topic anymore?
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I'm honestly afraid that if I start blurting, I will start oversharing.

It's been that kind of week, and it has all the potential to carry on for a good, long while yet.
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I'm honestly afraid that if I start blurting, I will start oversharing.

It's been that kind of week, and it has all the potential to carry on for a good, long while yet.
That's too bad

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I have a date tonight. I don't want to go on it. I agreed to TRY to start seeing other people, agreed to go out with this guy (who is 20million kinds of the wrong type) because everyone was nagging at me. Now I feel exceptionally guilty, because I'm going to have to find a really good reason to make this first date a LAST date.
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I have a date tonight. I don't want to go on it. I agreed to TRY to start seeing other people, agreed to go out with this guy (who is 20million kinds of the wrong type) because everyone was nagging at me. Now I feel exceptionally guilty, because I'm going to have to find a really good reason to make this first date a LAST date.
Just call the guy up and tell him you have Ebola.
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Maybe sometimes you should listen to the consensus.

Not everyone is out to get you.

Me, maybe.

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I saw a spark. Dare I hope?

Of course, hell is an inferno. What difference does a spark make when I'm engulfed in flames?

Perhaps it's more appropriate to say I saw an absence of fire, and it looked warm an inviting.
 

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Yep, date was a bust.

Today is phenomenal. And Sunday will be better.
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So don't do that no more.
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:39 AM   #102899
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Punching bag night at the gym was fun

Although I didn't do as many push-ups as I wanted to

That was followed by poker night at Jorge's

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Oh, hello there, trouble.

*headdesk*

I am so screwed...
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