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one of the very first handful of random journal entries i made here shortly after i joined in late 2003 (!) was a reference to the curl up & dye salon. she was a great lady!

and now she is in heaven hanging out with robin williams! ha!

(we are, as previously planned, seeing rogue one for the first time today. twas ever thus!)

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period of a motive
and even while i'm acknowledging new evidence, i would still cross-apply this from the comments section to that article, from a comment by eric deblackmere:

"if this were any other topic or area in any other field of science, this would never have passed for science. but when it comes to [insert theory] well, i'm sorry, but circumstantial evidence and a lot of people agreeing with each other does not equal good science. in cases like this, i am reminded of two important things that carl sagan said:

1) extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
2) being a genius is no guarantee against being dead wrong.

if there's one thing in all of this that is true, it's this: there is something about the way our universe operates that we haven't got right."
“if somebody were to come to you and say, ‘the solar system doesn’t work on an inverse-square law, really it’s an inverse-cube law, but there’s dark matter that’s arranged just so that it always looks inverse-square,’ you would say that person is insane,” he said.


...


yes...well...that's probably because 99% of the people on the planet would think that you were spouting gibberish. but i suppose if he replaced his second-person personal pronouns with 'astrophysicists'...

though this be madness

Dec. 27th, 2016

on most days that aren't christmas i like having no snow mind you.
but year after year of christmas without snow in the upper midwest and lower midwest....
and tonight, the day after christmas it is 64 degrees at midnight with a storm coming through, and a week ago it reached 57 degrees also at midnight, the day after 14 degree weather and before it dipped back down to the low 30s the next day.
another december with barely a day with snow...and no highs below 38 for the next nine days...
even i have to admit
something isn't right
one christmas, they gave you their hearts; that very same day you took them away; you must have been somebody special
and a merry christmas to all those who come upon this who are not privy to the privy stuff!

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among the myriad reasons that ratings are down this year for the no fun league they should fully consider that they have an exclusive contract with a single carrier, directv, for those that want to choose particular games to watch. i certainly don't have it.

so, like probably most of the displaced lions fans across the country (who left most likely to find the jobs that don't exist there), we could not tune in to the game if we wanted to because the fox network is not airing it (outside of michigan or new york). is not, in fact, airing any game during the 1pm time slot despite having the rights to 3 of them (a practice i've never understood nor been interested in taking the time to learn the underlying idiocy for). this despite the fact the lions are leading their division at 9-4 and are facing the football giants of new york who, also at 9-4, are very much in the playoff hunt.

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