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Sunday Beauty XXII

Folks, today’s image comes to us from the Ukraine, but it may as well have been taken here in my town..

Photo by Pridatko Oleksandr, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

I am inside a raincloud for the 3rd straight day. No “white Christmas” for the SF Bay Area. Just wind, and rain, and gray, and mud. (A truly “yucky” day.) When I am trapped in dark, damp, and cold environments, it has an effect on me.. it “brings me down”. A mild form of Depression sets in. And when that happens, I tend to get a mood of melancholia, and ponder the bigger things in Life… So I hope you will humor me, and “put up with” what I am going to write next.

Folks, do you know someone who this will be their first Christmas alone? Someone who is a recent widow/widower perhaps? I ask you to think on it.. and I ask you to – maybe – go out of your way this year to drop in on them, or – perhaps – invite them to your table. Possibly – give them a phone call, and let them know you are thinking of them.

Reminder: We are in prime cybercrime season. Let’s be careful out there and exercise a double dose of Paranoid Common Sense. (And if you missed it, be sure to read Beware “The Twelve Scams of Christmas”)

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December 19, 2010 - Posted by | advice, Digital Images

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  1. Merry Christmas Paul!!! Smile and maybe tomorrow the sun will come shining through, for you…

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    Comment by Balmy33 | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Balmy33,
      Thank you kindly. I am now – indeed – smiling.

      I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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      Comment by techpaul | December 20, 2010 | Reply

      • And I hope the same for you my friend!

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        Comment by Balmy33 | December 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. …and we Canadians have endless days of snow… waiting for a clear sunny sky. Your mention of people who may be alone, a thoughtful suggestion.

    Cheers

    Gaia

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    Comment by Gaia | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      As soon as I am elected Supreme Benevolent All-Powerful Dictator, one of my first acts will be to ban snow everywhere except above 5,000 ft on certain highly ski-able mountains.

      My hat is off to all who endure that vile stuff…

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      Comment by techpaul | December 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. …to humor you, “what to write about next”

    Sky Watching… A Lunar Eclipse happening tonight (after mid night, the wee hours of the morning) The first time for it’s happening in hundreds of years on the date of the Winter Solstice. It should be very beautiful!

    Enjoy

    Gaia

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    Comment by Gaia | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for that info Gaia… Love watching such events. Probably won’t quite be a full eclipse down here in the Midwest. But I will be watching, weather permitting! Gonna have to go browsing to see what I can find about it.

      Thanks again!

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      Comment by Balmy33 | December 20, 2010 | Reply

      • Tech Paul, hope you got to watch this “once in a life time event”

        I regretfully did not see the eclipse after all!!!

        I chickened out… “BRR” a cold night, and the bright artificial lights got in the way of seeing the great event.
        I consoled myself with…there will be others!

        Seasons Greetings

        Gaia

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        Comment by Gaia | December 21, 2010 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      Thanks for the ‘heads up’.

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      Comment by techpaul | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • WOW… Total Lunar Eclipse viewable over all of North America!

      Too bad the weather forecast for the Midwest calls for cloudy overcast skies… am keeping fingers crossed!

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      Comment by Balmy33 | December 20, 2010 | Reply

      • Balmy33,
        Going outside in the darkness, in Winter, to watch an eclipse is not exactly “my cup of tea”, but I would suggest that those who do try to view this event .. dress warmly, and keep a thermos of HOT cocoa handy…

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        Comment by techpaul | December 20, 2010 | Reply

        • Well… It WILL be a BALMY 30 degrees tonight here, but I keep my Carharrt insulated Bibs, coats ‘n hats along with a really good pair of gloves nearby, and always have a hot cup o’ something with me. I get cold easy. Too skinny for my own good I guess.

          I wanna move to AZ!!!

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          Comment by Balmy33 | December 20, 2010 | Reply

          • Balmy33,
            I am no mathematical guy, at all, and numbers confuse me.. but.. I think 30 is, um, er.. below the temperature at which water turns to a slippery solid. So, yes, please: keep that thermos handy!

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            Comment by techpaul | December 20, 2010 | Reply

            • HA! Can’t argue with such logic. However, I bet Gaia thinks 30 is fairly balmy too… or am I wrong Gaia?

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              Comment by Balmy33 | December 20, 2010 | Reply

              • Yes,30 F. is rather balmy for me during the wee hours of the morning, “BRR.” when there’s no sun to warm the air.

                Also, I had my OWN SPECIALIZED VIEWING,HA…

                The fact that the many street lights surrounding my house are as Large and Bright as the moon, (which is often confused for the moon when glanced at quickly.)

                After searching the sky from the windows a few times, then shivering on my balcony, further searching in the dark of the night… to no avail… regretfully, I decided I would watch the event on U-tube.

                Again, Balmy33, hope you succeeded with your watch.

                Seasons Greetings…

                Gaia

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                Comment by Gaia | December 21, 2010 | Reply

    • Gaia,

      I went to NASA’s website and found this quote (as you probably did too):

      ‘Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory inspected a list of eclipses going back 2000 years. “Since Year 1, I can only find one previous instance of an eclipse matching the same calendar date as the solstice, and that is 1638 DEC 21,” says Chester. “Fortunately we won’t have to wait 372 years for the next one…that will be on 2094 DEC 21.” ‘

      I won’t be around for that next one… I sincerely hope that I get a glimpse of this amazing event.

      Thank you again for bringing this to our attention!

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      Comment by Balmy33 | December 20, 2010 | Reply

      • Thanks Balmy33 for the info. you provided, since I did not take the time to look it up – interesting info.
        … hope you got to see the eclipse, after all my excitement over the event, I did not “brave it” in the cold… about 18-F., maybe next time, ha.
        Gaia

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        Comment by Gaia | December 21, 2010 | Reply

  4. Smile Paul you could be here in Minneapolis/Saint Paul as a Chicago Bear waiting to play the Vikings on Monday Night Football were we are receiving another 8 inches for a beautiful season of snow but ugly NFL season.

    Happy Holiday

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    Comment by Ron Lansverk | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Hey, Ron.
      Nice to see you name here again. I thank you for the reminder.. but I have to say you’re a day late. Last night it cleared up, and I got in my Tech Paulmobile, and though gas is a bit dear these days, I drove around the neighborhood looking at all the lights decorating the houses.. spectacular, and cheering to no end. (I highly recommend it.)

      My main intent was to remind folks out there in InternetLand, that the holidays can be a very difficult time of year, emotionally, and maybe – quite probably, even – more so on those who have been separated from loved ones…

      You have my wishes for a terrific holiday!

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      Comment by techpaul | December 20, 2010 | Reply

  5. Now wait a second Paul. A man with your technical background and experience that says “numbers confuse me”? I would be willing to bet that you know what this saying means: “There are 10 kinds of people in the world. Those that know binary and those that don’t”.

    ;^)

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    Comment by Balmy33 | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Balmy33,
      Ha! That’s a rather popular t-shirt in these parts.

      But yes, it’s true. Math has always been my weak suit. (I am “math challenged”. Ha!) Were I to magically be transported back in time to my youth, and was given a chance to do things over again, I would force myself to invest the self-discipline and learn it… and go for an Engineering Degree instead of an “Arts”.
      Engineers — whether that’s architectural, software, aeronautical/space, molecular/electromagnetic .. whatever, are my heroes. They are the ones who got us where we are today, and are bringing us tomorrow’s stuff.
      And that takes math.
      Hard science is where it’s at. (You youngsters out there just have to trust me on this.)

      Folks, the second position – in binary – is the 2’s position.
      1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128.. but it is read right to left. So, 128, 64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2, 1
      255 = 111111111
      256 = 00000001 00000000
      and 00000010 (same thing as 10) = 2 (there’s one thing in the 2’s position; nothing in the others).

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      Comment by techpaul | December 20, 2010 | Reply

  6. Hello again Paul. Great comment about people alone on Christmas day.

    It got me to thinking… I have a real good Vietnam Vet friend that is always alone unless I or a select few others happen by to visit him. He still sleeps with a loaded weapon close by and you don’t dare wake him in person. He still lives, breathes, thinks, and dreams about that horrible experience. Very sad indeed.

    I’m going to invite him over for dinner on Christmas day. Thanks for reminding me!

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    Comment by KsTinMan | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • I salute you for that, sir.

      .. I have a sense you are going to have a wonderful holiday, but I am going to offer you my wishes anyway – cheers!

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      Comment by techpaul | December 20, 2010 | Reply

      • I have the same sense about you Sir Paul…

        Have a wonderful and joyous holiday, and TYVM!

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        Comment by KsTinMan | December 20, 2010 | Reply


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