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Everything Else / Re: Parody
« Last post by Scheherazade on September 15, 2019, 09:15:34 AM »
I thought of two more ideas that could be the subject of either memes or sarcastic vids.
1. Doctor to very pregnant woman in exam room "You have pre-eclampsia. Your life is at extreme risk. Would you like an abortion or a cesarean."
2. A guy, with a hairy and muscular chest,  in a '70s low cut men's hairy chest shirt, with the caption "What if men dressed for work the way women do"
Everything Else / Re: Two decades already
« Last post by Boston on September 11, 2019, 05:33:18 PM »
My book came out 11/1998, IIRC.  Wow, that's a lot of water 'neath the bridge.
I bought a nice big generator, and freeze-fried food.  Ammo I already had.   ;)
Went on a double date 12/31/99 for a very nice dinner. 

Thanks for the link.  One comment stood out for me:

Wilbur on September 5, 2019 at 9:22 AM said:

Y2K was real.
Our IT department took it seriously, because we were running SCO UNIX.
The UNIX itself was patchable without too much difficulty, but several servers failed testing to move past 12/31/99

We would have had failures & been out of business for a while -had we not prepared.
We had to buy some new hardware & re-install which we had completed by September of 99.
One reason Y2K was a nothing burger for most peeps is because IT depts DID take it seriously & identify what units were vulnerable.

A lot like we donít think about the power company and all the people working 24/7 to keep it on. We only notice if something breaks.
Everything Else / Re: Wanted: People who can read good and do other things good too.
« Last post by Scheherazade on September 10, 2019, 09:13:16 AM »
By the way, You've inspired me. I've begun writing a novel as well. Mine's a sci-fi about slavery and freedom and what it means to be human.
Everything Else / Re: Wanted: People who can read good and do other things good too.
« Last post by Erik on September 10, 2019, 07:27:59 AM »
It's been a few months.

I've had three publishing offers so far from some smaller houses, which is nice, especially the last one by Severed Press - but I'm holding out to see how my submission to BAEN goes.

Unfortunately, that's a 9-12 month long wait time. So I have until Jan/Feb before I might hear anything back. In the meantime, I've decided to stop submitting to publishing houses. I've enough feedback now to realize I've something good and it seems to be enjoyed by others, so I may as well aim high. If BAEN rejects me, I'll start submitting again to other houses.

Everything Else / Re: Two decades already
« Last post by Erik on September 10, 2019, 07:22:29 AM »
Wow, has it been two decades already?

I recall sitting in front of the computer watching it as a junior in HS to see what would happen.  ;D
Everything Else / Two decades already
« Last post by SunDog on September 04, 2019, 08:46:45 AM »
From Commander Zero:

It mentions Boston's book on Y2K, and the coming 20th anniversary of the Y2K non-event.
Everything Else / Re: citrus under snow
« Last post by rhodges on September 03, 2019, 08:20:40 PM »
I like that!

I think one point is that during the summer, the underground tubes cool the greenhouse air, and that is part of the heat storage. That is, the summer heat charges their heat battery so that winter energy is higher than would be available just from the ambient soil heat.

Also, note that snow can actually be a good insulator. And even in winter, there can be a lot of clear days with a lot of sunlight. Snow throws a lot of that back, but a greenhouse can capture that heat.

A good greenhouse could also keep moisture inside, so even dry areas might be viable. I am thinking of the crappy desert parts of southern Wyoming.
Everything Else / citrus under snow
« Last post by Scheherazade on September 03, 2019, 12:50:43 PM »
I saw this article on a Nebraska retiree that uses geothermal energy to warm a green house and grow citrus in Nebraska. I thought it might be a useful concept in Wyoming.
Everything Else / Re: Great Quotes
« Last post by Scheherazade on July 22, 2019, 08:24:28 AM »
"I want you, young men, to always bear in mind that it is the nature of fire to go out. You must keep it stirred, you must keep it fed, and you must remove the ashes" William Boothe, Salvation Army
Everything Else / Re: Chernobyl on HBO
« Last post by sbeckman on July 17, 2019, 06:40:31 AM »
I watched all of this.  It really was well done.

I didn't see anywhere that they claimed that radiation sickness was contagious.  But they did depict through the action of the movie that a person who is heavily contaminated with radioactive material could transfer that to another person through physical contact with skin/clothes, etc. and could then be exposed to enough radiation to be harmed.
Whether the fireman still had that level of contamination to transfer  after he was really sick is certainly debatable. 

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