September is for surprises

The summer comes to the end, and Winter is in the distance.

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    • Fred Stiening says:

      The USGS confirms that North Korea has exploded a significant nuclear weapon that registered as a magnitude 6.3 earthquake.

      • TheChairman says:

        All the ‘news’ sites are blaming Trump for an impending conflict; their comment sections are overflowing with liberal antipathy. Trump has been in office for 7 months. I don’t see any articles pointing a finger at Obama & Co. for letting it fester 8+ years.

  1. Fred Stiening says:

    For people who subscribe to Amazon Prime, the PBS series of Bob Ross creating paintings is available for free to help you relax while we wait.

    • TheChairman says:

      Thanks for the heads-up… watching Ross was my 1/2 hour of safe-space. Noted and bookmarked (although Amazon has mis-numbered the seasons/sequence).

    • briand75 says:

      “Happy little trees”

      What a nice soul Bob was 🙂

      • Fred Stiening says:

        Bob Ross has become quite the cult figure on the Internet.

        Apparently, he drew each picture three times – his on-air painting was done as he was looking at a raw sketch he did earlier. After the filming was complete, he would do a more detailed drawing of the same scene and give it to a PBS affiliate.

        • briand75 says:

          I never knew that. I was impressed with the on-air painting. The fact that he could make such beauty with simple brush taps and strokes was enough to keep my attention.

  2. Parrott says:

    Man if the SRG site was up I bet it would have had a weather alert headline across the front, ‘Alert Irma on the way’ . Strap down your shipping containers ! (maybe)
    ( Now 99 % ‘no it wouldn’t’ since I suggested it might have).

    I can’t remember the hurricane or the year , but I remember listening to the Norfolk VA radio station and they had taken up residence in a large building in downtown Norfolk to ride the storm out. Live, It was good. Found them on SRG. Can’t remember the call letters, written down somewhere here, i think.

    Question to Countess, does the period go inside the parens or outside the parens, if a sentence ( fragment) is in parenthesis ?

    • Fred Stiening says:

      I get confused about periods (and queston marks) used with quotation marks. My memory was that if the period was part of the quote, it goes inside, but if the quotes are not enclosing a quote, the punctuation goes outside:

      “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” was said by whom?
      There are few people who can claim to be “Great Americans”.

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        For a time, I had worked for a British company and became aware that these rules vary by country. Especially interesting is where to the the comma after that divides a sentence.

        USA: “Listen to this stream,” he said.
        UK: “Listen to this stream”, he said.

        You can play with this using the grammar checker in Microsoft Word by changing your language to different versions of English to get suggested corrections.

        I googled just know to confirm and saw an article saying that the British version is starting to take root in America. I think that is a good thing. I have punctuated my sentences that way for ages, partly because as a programmer, and someone with advanced mathematics, it seems to me to be the logical way to group items.

        I suggest you may becoming confused for those two reasons, the American version is not logical and because the British version is starting to appear in America.

      • TheChairman says:

        I tend to favor the UK style/rules; it is English, and also because computer programming syntax tends to follow suit. Of course, my term papers were always marked down by teachers.

    • countess robini says:

      dearest parrott: the ap stylebook is the bible of punctuation in the newsroom. ap says the period belongs inside the parens.

  3. Fred Stiening says:

    Country Singer Don Williams has died at age 78

  4. Seems a lot of us here like Chris Plante. WVLK in Lexington, Ky. has added him to their lineup in the 10 am-noon Eastern slot. He replaces Lee Cruse, who has a lot going on as morning news and midday co-host at WLEX-TV.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Thanks, JerseyDevil. I believe KCMO in Kansas City also has him from 10-1 ET, for the full three hours (with a one hour delay. )

      Reliable live streams seem to be WGOW AM Chattanooga, WXML in CT and the flagship WMAL in DC which also has the podcasts.

      The magic of Chris Plante, for me, is he crazy politically incorrect nicknames for people in the news and some of the shock value associated with what he says regarding them. Michael Savage has that to some degree but seems to be heavier on the hostility and lighter on the humor than Chris Plante. I will say that I got a chuckle just now that prompted me to reply to your note while listen to Savage criticize CNN and the people that work there, including someone that he referred to as “Jake Woodpecker” . lol

  5. Fred Stiening says:

    Through the magic of virtualization and super fast communications lines, SRGuide was moved from one data center in Dallas to another. The transfer was completed in about 7 minutes with nothing more than me pressing a virtual button from 1000 miles away.

    In the good old days, such a move would have taken weeks of planning, a shutown of many hours and a substantial risk of physical damage to a physical server.

  6. Fred Stiening says:

    I learned today that Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), leader of the #nevertrump movement, is related to the Udalls. His dad was a first cousin of Senator Mo Udall. Mormons are smart enough to not throw all of their support to a single political party

  7. countess robini says:

    there’s been a flap recently in philly over a statue of former mayor frank rizzo that’s been on public display for years.

    i talked to my sister in jersey a few days ago and she informed me that another piece of public art is now on display right near the rizzo statue. here is a link to the story that ran in the inquirer, along with a pix.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      That could be useful for cutting cheese

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Frank Rizzo had several controversial careers. Local people knew him for his police work and then elected him as mayor… and that is how most people outside the area know him.

      After he was mayor, he had a third career in talk radio, on a 50,000 watt clear channel station… if you don’t know it if, it is because it was before 😉 Fortunately a clip of it exists on youtube. Caution, the first 5 or 6 minutes of the 11 minute clip are commercials preceeding the show. Enjoy:

    • briand75 says:

      Amazing how much of retail is distressed. Yes – Amazon and other online merchants cut deep into brick and mortar sales, but Toys R Us has the presence where kids can see and touch – isn’t that still important? Ah – maybe I am becoming old fashioned.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        Over the years, I went in their stores a couple times. I expected a welcoming environment with a talking giraffe. Perhaps some model trains or toys set up to experience. What I found was open racks like a Costco or Aldi’s and minimal staff.

      • briand75 says:

        I see they actually did file Bankruptcy today. My late wife used to work there many years ago and it was as you describe back then. There have been buyouts/mergers since which seem to have made the company into a placeholder that generates very minimal revenue.

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