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How Cold Is It? It's So Cold That....

How cold is it?

Right now, it's zero F/-18C outside the Post Office. The wind is blowing in 35 kph gusts.

The report from a h2g2er in Chicago is that it's -21F with a wind chill factor of -54F.

Basically: it's too cold to be outside. The snow is blowing everywhere. It's...disgusting.

Anybody, including a certain government figure, who makes that tired remark about 'global warming', is going to get an earful.

Lola the Doglet is hunkered down in her padded bed. She ain't movin'. The cats are hogging the grates when they aren't bothering us for entertainment.

If you're not a smiley - cat, we recommend Cmdr Hadfield's Twitter thread on magnetic field variation for entertainment and enlightenment:

Stay warm! smiley - hug

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Latest reply: Jan 30, 2019

Pittsburgh's Crime Wave: Chicken Graffiti Vandal Strikes Again

The tweet from the Pittsburgh Police begins:

'Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Graffiti Squad detectives seek the public's help in identifying a male suspected of spray-painting graffiti inside a Southside pub and possibly elsewhere.'

It goes on to outline the details of the crime. On 1 December, a 21-year-old male with long brown hair entered Rugger's Pub shortly after midnight. After ordering a drink, he went into the bathroom. Moments later (keep this in mind!), he left the bar.

Patrons complained that there was a strong (and apparently, unusual) odor coming from the bathroom. 'Staff found the image of a chicken freshly painted on the walls and mirror.'

The cops say this isn't the only place this has happened. Similar graffiti have been found elsewhere in Southside and Oakland, where the big universities are. The police don't say, but I'm thinking they should look for an art student with a quick-draw style.

Pittsburghers are no help. They're tweeting back with art criticism.

You probably don't know the chicken graffiti vandal, and wouldn't tell us if you did, but feel free to offer your views of this picture:

Elektra thought it was a turkey. I'm inclined to agree.

smiley - dragon

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Latest reply: Jan 10, 2019

Will That Salt Lamp Emit Curative Ions?

If you're a science smiley - geek, please read this brilliant article from

Not only is it a wonder of logic and research, but it is genius writing.

I have tears in my eyes. Tears of joy and mirth. I recommend reading it aloud to a loved one. Take deep breaths intermittently. Laughing that hard is a choking hazard.

smiley - dragon

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Latest reply: Jan 7, 2019

Boxing Day Jollity

Yeah, I know Boxing Day was two days ago. It took us a day to recover. And then last night, we were watching 'The Madness of King George' while eating sandwiches. I lost a crown. (It's not really lost, it's in a plastic bag now.) Elektra made crown puns. She's been hanging around me too long. The dentist isn't back until Monday. So it goes. No more gluten free baguettes.

Anyhow, Boxing Day was a mad whirl at the farm, and a good time was had by all. I thought we'd have more room afterwards, what with getting all the gifts out of the linen closet, but we came back loaded with gifts from loved ones, so it was merely a matter of redistributing Stuff.

You will be the recipients of some of this largesse: my sisters raided an antique store for a huge stack of sheet music, most of which even I have never heard of. Watch for videos of such classics as 'When All My Blackbirds Turn Blue'. At least, I think that was the title. And something about a shack in Killarney....smiley - musicalnote And, of course, Rudolf Friml.

The farm looked so pretty at night, with its Christmas decorations, that I thought we should share and enjoy:

High tech lighting on a 200+-year-old house. Not bad.

smiley - dragon

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Latest reply: Dec 28, 2018

Deck Us All with Wrapping Paper

Day 1 of Christmas: a lazy day, with hot coffee and gifts for all.

Lola liked her gift that came all the way from down South. The kitties enjoyed the wrapping paper. They insisted on being cute for the camera.

So here's the result:

May you be warm, happy, and doing something amusing right now. smiley - hugs all 'round!

smiley - dragon

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Latest reply: Dec 25, 2018

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