Eight more inches of snow here today; we’re past the annual average already. But it’s going sub-zero tonight, so at least it’ll be a dry cold!
(Mostly for the verse starting at 2:12:
Land o’ the Kilt and Sporran —
Underneath, there’s nothin’ worn!
How I wish the wind was warm! Scotland the Brave.
I must admit it’s pretty gruesome,
Walking about wi’ your frozen twosome!
It’s all we’ve got – we musn’t lose ’em… Scotland the Brave.
(I can mock, these are my people, twice removed)
Count your blessings. Your high temps for the day are probably going to be above zero.
MOAR OLBERMANN SPECULATION
Our high temperature on Monday will be zero if we’re lucky. I live in a log cabin that makes all kinds of strange and awful noises when it gets to be 20 or so below, like being in a wooden ship that’s being slowly crushed by freezing ice.
Must be why I’ve been unable to avoid picking my nose today like a fucking troglodyte. I hate winter.
Since I saw asiangrrlMN on the last thread, I hope she’s still around. If she hasn’t already, she should click on my name for an update she’s been waiting for. Pie!
I never thought Scotland got that cold, but I was mostly in the south (E-burgh). Ventured across the forth for a few days here and there but mostly slaved for somebody everybody hates now. Anyway, it was rainy, it was grey, it was mostly a lot like Seattle. That is, never really cold enough to freeze your boys off, kilt or no.
Wishing we had a bit of cold here in SoCal: it’s been in the mid-seventies for over a week with no sign of stopping. That probably sounds good if you’re up to your butt in snow but, if it stays warm from now on then Summer will be hell.
Interesting article about Jed Rubenfeld, Amu Chua Tiger Mother’s husband. I’ve been wondering about the father for a while. The article is a little gossipy for my taste, but it have a lot of background info on the guy.
Hey, why can’t I edit my comment? I’m having trouble spelling today, sorry people.
Left Coast Tom
Snow is a good thing, I’m planning to go snowshoe-backpacking this weekend in Yosemite. How would I do this without snow, huh?
@Dennis SGMM: I’ve been feeling bad for you guys since I read about the 10′ rainfalls. I miss normal weather.
@gbear: You and me both! It’s 17° in Nash-frickin-ville.
I’ve seen worse, but this is Not Normal. This is the second winter in a row with freakishly low temps.
Tuesday is Robert Burns Day. If the Corries have more like that (and I’d bet they do), that’d be an awesome day for it. Just saying.
Random Gripe. I am watching the Lakers Nuggets on ESPN3 (online companion to ESPN) and I am getting a very nice HD feed. This service is included on many cable providers including Comcast in Chicago. It is a great feed – it hasn’t jumped since the start of the game
As an avid fan of two out of market teams here in Chicago I also pay about 200 a year for NBA league pass. It is worth it to me. The broadband feeds for that are invariably in low def and routinely skip or lock. At any one time there is a single HD feed provided by my cable but only if I am watching via the cable box. Alas, the Nets and Wolves are two of the worst teams aroung so I have seen exactly thee HD games this year(when there were literally no other games on).
So yeah, I am a little annoyed that I can get a ESPN feed gratis but that league pass can deem that it is OK to charge me 200$ for atrocious picture quality.
Up The Corries! I’ve been a fan of these wonderful men for years…Great music. Thanks for putting this up. It made my day…I’m a MacArthur on my mom’s side.
As for cold & snow…I’m retired and living in Thailand…I just found a short video of a guy in the US shooting a watergun in sub zero temps and the water freezes in the air…showed to my astonished Thai wife…
yeah, well – sometime during the 20 years I was gone from North Dakota, they must have repealed the “too cold to snow” proviso in the Climate laws –
because today, it snowed two inches and it was -25 at 6 a.m., all the way up to -11 at 3 p.m.
(and that’s absolute temperature – with the wind chill, it was probably 50-some below. )
And. I. Moved. Back. Here.
@Left Coast Tom: It’s called ‘hiking’. ;)
Question: Can anyone give me a recommendation for a blood pressure monitor that’s somewhat accurate? This is the one that rose to the top of the list while looking around the internets this evening. The only advice my doctor had was to make sure to buy one that reads BP at your upper arm, not at the wrist. I need one with a large arm cuff. A too-small arm cuff seems to be a common complaint about some monitors.
5 degrees here in Ohio, going to drop a few more degrees as the night wears on.
What’s with NoDak? Da-Yum!
I just checked with weather dot com for Fargo. You should have about minus 18 tonight, with the wind taking another 15 or so degrees off of that.
It was the Four Loko talkin’. Frrealz!
Thus, a new defense is born. Also, too, wolverines and libertarians.
Someone else who’s a fan of the Corries!! ‘Twas a sad day in 1990 when Roy Williamson died. Luckily there’s Ronnie Browne’s son Gavin to keep the flame burning.
Why NoDak? Well, I grew up here – escaped for 26 halcyon years in Salt Lake City and San Jose – but my family is here, my 87-year-old mother still wants to go to the farm and mow all day long in the summers – which she can’t do by herself.
So I came back to do eldercare – as long as I’m here to do the driving, change the spark plugs on the old riding mower, and toil up and down the basement steps tending to the sump pumps – she can still do it.
First winter back was an interesting novelty, second winter back was really annoying – and this third one is just brutal.
Besides, when I came back, we had Dorgan, Pomeroy, and Conrad – all gone now, or going.
Uncle Clarence Thomas
Which FDL racist decided to name it “black ice”?
@Uncle Clarence Thomas:
Is black ice a northern thing? I never heard of it when I lived in the south? Nasty stuff.
I’m hoping tomorrow is sunny here despite temps in the single digits and below. If it’s fairly clear, the sun heats up the house due to the southern exposure having all the giant windows/french door things. We’ve gotten boosts of up to 5 degrees just by opening the curtains on that side of the house. So, this time of year works out to be pretty nice for us, until we step outside.
It wasn’t any big planned thing by the original builder, just dumb luck. In the winter, with the sun’s trajectory being so much lower in the sky, the rays blast right in. In summer, the sun’s height goes up enough that we can stay cool by having white sheer curtains up. If I ever build a house from scratch, I definitely plan on doing the max as far as passive solar design, it’s really impressive.
Rays sign Manny and Damon. I don’t pay much attention to baseball, but I thought both these guys had retired.
@Gina: Heh. My house is the exact opposite. It’s placed so that I get massive solar action in the summer. In the winter, not so much.
I haven’t checked last night’s post about MS Access, because I went to bed right after. But I downloaded the Missing Manual, and transitioning from Filemaker to Access will be a mere bagatelle.
I’m gonna get a new job, people! One that pays “substantially more” than my current shitty one!
Congrats on the new job, and the new pay grade!
Wordcloud needs more Tunch. And more swearing.
BD of MN
@efgoldman: up here where it really gets cold, “black ice” has a different meaning. When it gets to the double digits below zero, car exhaust moisture freezes directly to the roadway in an almost invisible layer. I really haven’t seen a lot of it lately since MN uses copious quantities of road treatments, but several years ago while driving to go skiing at Big Sky MT, I had a rather harrowing night traversing I-94. If I had been using the cruise control we’d have been upside down in the ditch…
(I was in Baldwin WI (45 min east of the twin cities) about 8am this morning, got to unload some steel while it was 27 degrees below zero…
(edited to remove the strikethrough… putting a minus in from of the 27 wasn’t pretty… FYWP)
Love it! Just got back from a Burns Supper and took off the kilt and sporran.
Gie her a haggis!
Bless the Corries. I’m Campbell on dad’s side and McGregor on mom’s. Luckily, they have yet to kill each other and I have yet to implode.