@OnionSoup@xobzoo Honestly that was more fun. But it was in Silicon Valley in the 80’s. I remember when I started, I said “I’m learning cool stuff, they even pay me, and the parties are better than in college.” But probably a very lucky and not typical experience, especially nowadays.
@pakopako Wow, he sounds like a real mensch! That makes what happened to the Hudson River steamboat named after him even funnier. Back in the 60s, the owner of Anthony’s Pier 4 in Boston bought the Peter Stuyvesant & moored it as an annex to the restaurant, only to have it break free during the Blizzard of '78 & sink! Seems fitting.
@pakopako History is full of celebrated figures who were outright bastards by modern standards. The old saying “history is written by the victors” is an oversimplified and insufficient explanation. Often the “victors” wrote little or nothing, but people who wanted to make well-known figures seem heroic, as inspirations and points of pride, would willfully omit unpleasant truths to glorify them after the fact. And, honestly, the modern experience of a great many people is that those who aspire to power and wealth are often precisely the people most likely to be a hazard to others (or all) when they achieve it. And you need look no farther than the history texts handed out in our schools during most of the latter 19th through the latter 20th Centuries to see how someone like Stuyvesant could be idolized as a result of such distortions. What’s most dismaying is that there are still people today who think that such whitewashing is a good and proper thing.
@werehatrack true and sadly very true.
While I spout that all money is blood money if you trace the usage back far enough, from a psychological view people do need their no-flaw legends no matter how many shortcuts said legend might or might not have felt guilty taking. Because bylines and sound bites are faster to convey than passages and parables, your freedom fighter is my status quo terrorist, and why the hell is everyone in such a hurry for that they can’t share a half second dialog and reach a short term compromise. (Even if that compromise is “eat the rich”.)
The Braves for 50+ years. Then during the plague, some paleface thin skins decided to get offended on behalf of native Americans and campaigned to get it changed, even though the local Ute tribe said they had no problem with it.
@milstarr More of a reason than the Washington Commanders, which is basically, well, we were forced to change it, refused to do so 10 years, nobody was going to like whatever we picked, so deal with it!
@Ldfzm Wildcats, and purple and white, by any chance? If asked in advance for permission, Kansas will grant it easily. But if you don’t ask first, then their legal team sends a C&D.
I will note that there is an area northeast of Dallas in which at least six high schools all have Tigers as their mascot, each using exactly the same clipart image as their logo, and a majority using identical color schemes. I do not know if they all compete in the same division, and I really don’t care. But the folks who run screen printing shops in that area find it somewhat amusing.
The Central Lancers. As in an armored guy, on a horse, with a big freaking lance.
We were actually state champions one year when I was in school, which was weird, because no one cared that much. In Philly, never understood the whole Friday night lights thing. Then my sister moved to a small town. I went with her family to a couple games and was like wtf? The whole freaking town is there.
@lisagd@phendrick Ha! It is actually an academic magnet school for high achievers(didn’t take for me) so we had tons of college level electives. I myself took Pharmacology. I did not go into medicine but learned more about the blood/brain barrier than I ever wanted to know.
@lisagd@phendrick@ponagathos At the risk of being annoyingly technical, the sport would be jousting. Lancing is one (gruesome) way to win. Or, as phendrick noted, the other kind of lancing, which can be almost as gruesome. Just ask Dr. Sandra Lee!
Our high school mascot was the Hawks. My senior year we played to a tie for the state football championship… there was NO provision for overtime, extra attempts or whatever so we were co-state-champions with some other school in Missouri.
Talk about kissing your sister!
We were the Little Green, so a Bissell spot cleaner…? Actually, that would have made more sense, because we were named after the Dartmouth College “Big Green,” which has never been fully explained, either. At least both teams’ colors are green & white, so there’s that.
@ircon96@ybmuG That’s the problem: If the school colors were not green, there probably wouldn’t be much of anything green left there (pretty much like most of Texas currently). :}
We hit 107 today locally in central Tx. That’s actual temperature. Heat index gets us into the mid hundred teens (or however you say it). At least the humidity has been lower than usual for this time of year; I guess all the moisture evaporated and blew away.
From the local TV station weather guru: That is the theme of the weekend. Friday’s 78-year-old record high of 106° is expected to be smashed. Saturday’s record of 105° will be topped. Sunday will edge out the 1999 record of 107°. August has taken or tied 11 record highs so far this month. By the end of the weekend, we will have reached 100°+ 44 times in a row (an all-time record that continues to grow).
When you beat out a summer record high in Texas, that’s saying something.
So it has been about a month and a half since we DID NOT HIT 100 or more. They keep having Heat Alerts interrupting TV viewing. Nobody pays attention to that any longer. We just expect it.
What’s worse than the record highs is the record lows. Records for the WARMEST lows on records for many days this month. Many of the LOWS for each day were around 80 or higher. In other words, houses, streets, lawns, etc., never cool off.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much brown in this area. Amazing we don’t have more grass fires. We are even losing trees to the drought.
I quit locking my back door from my laundry room (no AC ducting there) to the deck. My permanently visiting cats discovered they can squeeze in where it’s about 15 degrees cooler than outside and they spend their days in there mostly. I put water in there for them, in addition to what’s on the deck.
My dog is going stir crazy in the house. She keeps wanting to go outside, but decides 10 minutes is long enough at a time.
I don’t even think The Goat deserves any blame for this. It’s just the way things are now.
In fact, good ol’ Tx ERCOT is back in local discussions of power generation. Haven’t had them yet, but we are an inch away from rolling blackouts again, from exceeding power generation capacity. I used to check in on their website to monitor, but now it’s too scary.
@phendrick@ybmuG Yeesh… I truly don’t envy you, but i wouldn’t exactly call this a haven, either. We’re breaking our own records up here, this summer it happens to be rainfall & catastrophic flooding, with some severe thunderstorms & a tornado here & there. It seems like no region is immune from severe weather anymore, it’s just a matter of time before the next catastrophe hits. Oy vey!
Too bad our federal government can’t spend more time doing the BIG forward-looking things. Federal oversight is one thing but federal administration is totally another. Our attitude in Texas is “push, pull, or get out of the way”. Same in many other states.
For instance, they definitely weigh in on oil and gas pipelines. And some chemical transports. But where are the WATER pipelines? And look at Israel that depends greatly on desalination. Our nation is surrounded on 2 1/2 sides by water.
I think our country gets sufficient rainfall overall; it’s just not distributed very well. Texas could use a lot of your excess from the Northeast, say. Same for most of the Southwest currently. There are legal fights in California, Arizona, and such about who gets the limited water and in other places (Colorado river). Agriculture is suffering and threatened.
Before we started (again) importing so much oil, most domestic production was transported by pipeline. I’m no engineer, but think water pipelines could co-exist in the same right-of-way areas (and would be handy for dealing with fires or spills).
At the city level, there needs to be more provisions for “gray water” for plant and animal use and even sanitation. Some places even have undue restrictions on collecting rainwater (??).
Water usage is getting to be a huge part of our environmental concerns, but all the activity seems to be toward limiting it, instead of providing more (??).
The word “pettifogger” is perfect to describe our small-minded politicians, who are mostly attorneys (and also for our administrative overlords). There is more than enough BLAME for them.
And, when you’re talking about the massive, profound level of drought in the West, the scale of such an operation is mind-boggling. And, don’t forget, the logistics of building infrastructure through the Rockies & other mountain ranges, huge swamps, etc, is another consideration. This country is so vast that it just isn’t practical, unfortunately. I wish we could send you guys some of our rain. I apologize for my failure in this department.
“While technically feasible … many challenges…”
Kinda like the atomic bomb and getting to the moon.
But it happened, with resolve. Depends on what it is worth to you.
I know property rights are a big thing. Here in Texas, still much wrangling on the proposed High Speed Rail connection between Houston & Dallas, which would impact our area immensely both ways. It’d be very good for the greater many, but intensely disruptive for the smaller many. The answer is to make it very beneficial for all concerned.
For water, that would be cash incentives and usage allowances. (If URLs can be bought and sold for [hundreds of (?)] thousands of dollars, think about property access deals.)
WOW. Thanks for the link! Twice!
Great site. I’ll have to budget some time for exploring there.
TIL. Didn’t know you could highlight text in a linked article. Often thought I’d like to be able to do that, but never remotely thought it “technically feasible”, so never tried to research it.
I’ll have to explore that also. Recently been delving into the data:text/html thing. But again. You know. Time. (shout-out to @unksol) I’m retired. But. Still…
Personally I think we should just discourage people from living in hostile environments. We aren’t short on land over here where it’s wet so. You know. You don’t have to live in a desert/build a massive infrastructure project. If you want to and your state wants to pay for it though I’m sure you can
I’m sure some state will sell you water. Just going to be very expensive
Fantastically expensive, more like. And Arizona has pretty much just shut down the building industry for anywhere that doesn’t already have the required pipeline-from-elsewhere or surface-sourced water supply for whatever is to be built. Their groundwater draw rate is beyond maxed out, and it is in serious danger of drying up.