Fri. Dec. 20, 2019 – travel later today

Cold and damp. Again. [well, COOL and damp. 50F and 99%RH]

Yesterday warmed up during the day to the point where shirtsleeves were fine outdoors. Then it got chilly again.

Today I’m scrambling to get packed and ready to go away for a long week.

Got all but one gift done last night. I’ll have to find the time to get the last little one done this morning.

Still so much to do.

n

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

40 thoughts on “Fri. Dec. 20, 2019 – travel later today”

  1. In regards to the north magnetic pole, the linked article says it is currently moving 31 miles/year (more convenient units: 9.5 furlongs/fortnight) toward Siberia. It’s obvious to me the Russians are conducting high energy experiments to open a dimensional portal. Though my thinking might be colored because I binged watched Stranger Things over the last 2 weekends.

    Seriously, I wonder if being in a deep solar minimum has anything to do with this. Not that a solar minimum causes magnetic pole movement but could possibly exacerbate it. The solar cycle has a lot to do with magnetism.

  2. Seriously, I wonder if being in a deep solar minimum has anything to do with this. Not that a solar minimum causes magnetic pole movement but could possibly exacerbate it. The solar cycle has a lot to do with magnetism.

    The polar movement has been anticipated for a while. I remember seeing something about it on Nova maybe a decade ago. One theory, presented on the show, says that the poles will swap positions suddenly with the next 1000 years. The scientists interviewed were not “Global Warming” hysterical over the phenomenon, pointing out that the reversal has happened before.


  3. In regards to the north magnetic pole, the linked article says it is currently moving 31 miles/year (more convenient units: 9.5 furlongs/fortnight) toward Siberia. It’s obvious to me the Russians are conducting high energy experiments to open a dimensional portal. Though my thinking might be colored because I binged watched Stranger Things over the last 2 weekends.

    Tunguska Part Deux!!

  4. Did they happen to point out what happens to life on earth when the poles flip? or during the couple of decades with weak or no magnetic field to shield us?

    Cuz I’m thinkin’ that bad things might happen…. or at least some really big changes. Like migratory species that use magnetic guidance get wiped out, whole ecosystems then rearrange, etc….

    n

  5. Do you think the migrating North Pole might be a major contributor to “Climate Change”, along with higher than normal undersea volcanic activity in the Pacific Ocean?

    Of course, all of this is our fault, particularly us old white males, yes, we know our gender and are proud of it. ✊ Old White Male Power (OWMP) ✊

  6. Regarding the pole shift, there has been a theory floating around for decades that the crust of the earth can shift at magnetic minimums. This of course causes a great cataclysm, killing almost all people and destroying even mountains. After a few days, the crust settles, and the process of a new civilization begins. This theory is supposedly supported by archaeological research that found evidence of migration of various sites across climate zones, as well as residual magnetic orientation from the former location. It occurs about every 8000 years. Theory.

    Now, back from the Twilight Zone to reality.

  7. From @Brad yesterday:

    I like Sarah Hoyt, but (I’ve said this before) I surely do wish she would edit her blog entries. They would have a lot more impact if they were 1/4 as long. She rambles, and I usually lose patience and stop reading halfway through.
    https://accordingtohoyt.com/

    I agree. I usually force my way through one or two a month.

  8. In regards to the north magnetic pole, the linked article says it is currently moving 31 miles/year (more convenient units: 9.5 furlongs/fortnight) toward Siberia. It’s obvious to me the Russians are conducting high energy experiments to open a dimensional portal. Though my thinking might be colored because I binged watched Stranger Things over the last 2 weekends.

    Oh wow, Stranger Things is a documentary ! That so fits. And I am still bummed that XXXXXXX died.

  9. Regarding the pole shift, there has been a theory floating around for decades that the crust of the earth can shift at magnetic minimums. This of course causes a great cataclysm, killing almost all people and destroying even mountains. After a few days, the crust settles, and the process of a new civilization begins. This theory is supposedly supported by archaeological research that found evidence of migration of various sites across climate zones, as well as residual magnetic orientation from the former location. It occurs about every 8000 years. Theory.

    Yup, the movie was pretty good special effects. The science, not so much.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_(film)

    And those are ocean waves coming over the Himalayas in that movie poster.


  10. And I am still bummed that XXXXXXX died.

    For the last 3 years people have been recommending Stranger Things but I never got around to it till recently. I enjoyed it. As mentioned on this blog by Greg, they did get the mid 80’s correct. Very few anachronisms. The show takes place from 1983 to 1985 and I graduated high school in 1984, so I’m an expert.

    I don’t think XXXXXXX died. The very last scene in the last episode hints that XXXXXXX may be around.

  11. For the last 3 years people have been recommending Stranger Things but I never got around to it till recently. I enjoyed it. As mentioned on this blog by Greg, they did get the mid 80’s correct. Very few anachronisms. The show takes place from 1983 to 1985 and I graduated high school in 1984, so I’m an expert.

    The “Stranger Things” mall is more mid-90s than mid-80s, but physical store retail was still growing 20 years ago so property owners had an incentive to upgrade and/or rebuild. Authentic locations are getting harder to find.

    I saw on one of my regular YouTube channels that the Phoenix Metrocenter Mall, one of the key filming locations of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”, is circling the drain and probably headed for rebuild into a “lifestyle center” at a minimum.

    When the Brown Truck Store distribution model becomes too cost prohibitive, a lot of wheel reinvention is going to have to take place just to get us back to affordable retail distribution at a level of 20 years ago.

  12. I just had someone on eBay buy an item, pay for it, and immediately cancel it. One minute later. WTF.

    Now I have to refund him, relist the item, and I don’t get the fees back immediately. Crazy.

  13. I just had someone on eBay buy an item, pay for it, and immediately cancel it. One minute later. WTF.

    Now I have to refund him, relist the item, and I don’t get the fees back immediately. Crazy.

    Does EBay still have the mechanism to report the buyer?

  14. I just had someone on eBay buy an item, pay for it, and immediately cancel it. One minute later. WTF.

    Now I have to refund him, relist the item, and I don’t get the fees back immediately. Crazy.

    That must have been an impulse buy with immediate remorse.


  15. Does EBay still have the mechanism to report the buyer?

    I didn’t see that option while going through the refund process. I want to report him.

  16. “It’s official: we are in a “deep” solar minimum.”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/12/16/its-official-we-are-in-a-deep-solar-minimum/

    “Solar Minimum is becoming very deep indeed. Over the weekend, the sun set a Space Age record for spotlessness. So far in 2019, the sun has been without sunspots for more than 270 days, including the last 33 days in a row. Since the Space Age began, no other year has had this many blank suns.”

    I fear the ice.

  17. Arrived safely. Full flight but boring, which is good.

    I graduated high school in 84 too. Thought I was the youngest here. 🙂 the judge kavanaugh thing sounded like my school. Lots of partying.

    Malls have been dying for a while. Most of ours have a lot of open space and most of the shoppers are Hispanic. If you need to buy something, and you have no idea what, I guess the mall is the place to go. Goodwill is cheaper.

    Sibling made all my favorite cookies. I’m doomed.

    N

  18. I graduated high school in 84 too. Thought I was the youngest here. the judge kavanaugh thing sounded like my school. Lots of partying.

    Lots of Christine Blasey-Ford-types running around my high school and university. If you were a white male from a good home in the suburbs, driving a nice car, with acceptance at a decent school, you had a bullseye on the posterior of your designer jeans starting Christmas break of your senior year. The guys were clueless dumba**es who got into trouble once the alcohol started flowing.

    35 years and John Hughes resulted in a lot of revisionist history on a personal level for a lot of people. With Blasey-Ford, in my opinion, it went national.

  19. 91 high school grad here. Some days I feel old and some days not so much. I will admit that there are more of the former than there used to be.

  20. Ho Ho Ho, Ho Ho Hee
    I’m the class of ‘73

    Town of less than 10K. The ‘rich’ people were doctors, lawyers, mill owners. The rest of us were farmers or city dwellers.

  21. Graduated HS in ’63. Probably not the oldest here but certainly in the get off my lawn group.

  22. 1969. Get off my very small lawn. (Which usually has some moss in it, since I live in the Olympic Penninsula [WA]).

    I still don’t recognize that old guy that looks at me in the mirror each morning. Inside, I’m not that old. Well, except for creaky joints, stiff muscles, more effort in getting up from the recliner [usually a 2-3 step maneuver], no more spicy foods [well, not as much], reading glasses, etc.

  23. ‘69 here. Straight into the mess of Vietnam. Birthdate was #6 on the draft. I think Slim was somewhere around the turn of the prior century and has us all beat.

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