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snorkler
Post subject: Re: An evening with Starstuff friends Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:49 am

 
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Nice. I hope to meet you someday that way, but with perfect weather ;)
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Key evidence missed in Anthony case Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:15 pm

 
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Mighty poor police work for such a high profile case. Justice was denied for poor Caylee.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Tofu scramble Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:26 pm

 
Forum: Foodies
Replies: 16
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Actually, there were a couple of Chinese vegetarian restaurants in Berkeley. I took a date to one ~20 years ago, and she ordered a very realistic faux canard. Imagine my shock when she couldn't eat her vegetarian duck dish. She asked me to taste it, because it was so realistic. It had "skin" with pi...
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Tofu scramble Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:47 pm

 
Forum: Foodies
Replies: 16
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You'll never get me to tell the difference. I hate eggs, tofu, raw oysters, and mushrooms because of their slimy texture.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Birds Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:14 pm

 
Topic: Birds
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Eric, your bird(s) in pix 1-4 on the previous page look(s) like Pacific Golden Plover(s), and 5-7 look(s) like Black Turnstone(s).
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Alarming drop in lifespan for Americans Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:42 pm

 
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You folks miss the point. It's not all Americans. It's dumb (=poor) Americans whose numbers are rising, and 43% of whom lack health insurance.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Man attempts solo kayak trip from CA to HI Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:08 am

 
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This is one of his 3 blog sites, and it shows no activity since June 5. The last news report has an August 9 date saying he had a stomach bug, and his Sat 8/3 launch was postponed. Sounds like a dreamer.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Americans work more for less Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:21 pm

 
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Erik, My employer didn't establish its 401(k) equivalent plan until the early 1980s, when I was already in my late 30s. I originally financed my home with a 20 year mortgage, refinanced it on a 15 year loan, and paid that off in 9 years. It could be a textbook example of how to finance a home while ...
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Americans work more for less Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:09 pm

 
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My 401(k) equivalent had no matching funds from my employer, but I put in my maximum contribution for ~23 years, because I had a supervisor who explained the tax benefits to me. It's my mad money, to pay for that lark to Antartica, and it doesn't worry me when/if it loses money, since I don't need i...
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Americans work more for less Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:53 pm

 
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It amazes me how "everyone else" is willing to cut off his nose to spite his face. He's anti-government, anti-union, anti-universal health care, is hostile to Social Security recipients as "welfare" recipients, and has only himself to blame for not saving enough for his retirement needs.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Americans work more for less Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:20 pm

 
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I agree with everything you all said, except what Erik said about not knowing anyone who has a pension. l'm one of the dinosaurs - the last of the pensioners.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Sandusky Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:36 pm

 
Topic: Sandusky
Replies: 24
Views: 16172
 


Daily Beast's spin on Paterno's involvement.

Freeh's investigation doesn't leave Paterno looking very good at all. SF Comical story.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Lanai Island up for sale Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:02 pm

 
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Lanai and Molokai have minimal natural value. They have no endemic land bird species, for instance. The disparity between rich and poor is striking here. There was an article this week in the local newspaper about a Belvedere couple who bought a $4.2 million property just to tear down a home that wa...
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Sandusky Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:49 pm

 
Topic: Sandusky
Replies: 24
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Allowing for the fact that there are monsters in our midst, the really sickening thing is that Joe Paterno and the Penn State President didn't stop Sandusky 15 years ago when they had the evidence in their hands.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: eclipse Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:19 am

 
Forum: Observing
Topic: eclipse
Replies: 26
Views: 11022
 


I'll be 79 in 2024, so I can't count on being independently mobile, or even alive then. So 2017 is my best shot, and I plan to make the most of it.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: eclipse Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:24 pm

 
Forum: Observing
Topic: eclipse
Replies: 26
Views: 11022
 


I'm considering OR because a bunch of us modern Chacoans have one of us who lives there. Boise is my back-up for the obvious reason - its better weather.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: eclipse Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:33 pm

 
Forum: Observing
Topic: eclipse
Replies: 26
Views: 11022
 


My bad. It's obviously a scope, with TV Sol Searcher & white light filter. TV85 sounds like a good guess.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: eclipse Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:43 pm

 
Forum: Observing
Topic: eclipse
Replies: 26
Views: 11022
 


I'm surprised none of you (with the possible exception of Erik) traveled to get within the zone of annularity. I'll definitely be within the totality boundaries 8/21/17. I'm planning on coastal Oregon, with Boise ID as a backup if the OR weather gets iffy. I thrive on outreach. I gave weekly present...
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Partial Lunar eclipse, and Venus Transit Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:16 pm

 
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My photo of the Venus transit from the Bay Area. Since I also saw the 2004 transit, this one was my twice in a lifetime occurrence.
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snorkler
Post subject: Re: eclipse Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:04 pm

 
Forum: Observing
Topic: eclipse
Replies: 26
Views: 11022
 


I did outreach for the eclipse in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, NM. We had ~400 visitors for the eclipse, with 4 official park solar scopes. I got the Visitor Center parking lot, with ~150 people. Fortunately, we also had another half dozen solar scopes brought by amateurs, and half a doze...
snorkler
Post subject: Zombie lives on to terrorize again Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:26 pm

 
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Dang, you can't keep The Evil down.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Geraldo: Hoodie was to blame for Martin's death Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:02 pm

 
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Damn, you'd think Geraldo worked for Faux News, with that kind of rhetoric. Oh, wait, he does work for Faux News. Surprise, surprise.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Andrew Breitbart dead at 43 Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:14 am

 
Replies: 6
Views: 2838
 


When I heard the news, I came here to post about it. I'd imagined Breitbart to be in his 60s or 70s.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: McDonalds meat quality improving? Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:58 am

 
Forum: Foodies
Replies: 7
Views: 6827
 


FDA regulates lye as a food additive. You need to be bashing USDA for allowing softened beef scraps in hamburger.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: 54.5 mpg by 2025? Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:45 am

 
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Views: 33865
 


54.5 mpg is only 40 mpg in the real world.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Hostess Brands files bankruptcy Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:42 am

 
Replies: 21
Views: 14653
 


Nothing is sacred. Nabisco Oreos also contain (or at least, used to contain) lard.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Someone pull the reigns Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:37 am

 
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Raising the gasoline and diesel taxes so fuel costs $8-$10/gallon would put this country's vehicular preferences in line with the rest of the world.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Road trip Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:54 pm

 
Topic: Road trip
Replies: 11
Views: 6631
 


I think I can get 50 mpg in the Summer. 48 mpg is my best tank so far with the new car. I wish Tammy could drive a manual. Then I'd be pushing for 55-60 mpg.
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Off grid near Big Bend Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:21 pm

 
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Making a farming/ranching living in west Texas is incredibly marginal. That 160 acres would be hard-pressed to support 1 head (no, that's not a misprint. See here for the stocking rate of 75 to 200 acres per 1000 lb. animal unit ) of cattle, and the only crop you can grow without a reliable water su...
snorkler
Post subject: Re: Road trip Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:36 pm

 
Topic: Road trip
Replies: 11
Views: 6631
 


It's good to be home, and back on Starstuff! I got spoiled by the Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and the XM satellite radio (free 3 month subscription) in the new car. Since one of my GPSes died on the trip, I bought a new one with Bluetooth for my other car, the Lean Mean Green Machine. LM...
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