gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Me - Thoughtful)
We live in a noisy place. About 100' from the CalTrain tracks, close by Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), and we're close enough to Moffett Federal Airfield to get occasional low passes when the C-130s of the 129th Rescue Wing practice touch-and-go landings. (I love those days, ahh.. the sound of those engines..)

But today was something very different. I was sitting here, net-surfing when what sounded and felt like a heavy freight train began rumbling. Way too early for a freight, and it quickly got way too loud for a train. Plus, it was coming from above. Ran outside and saw at least eight police helicopters at about 600' AGL flying in formation. Today was the memorial service for two slain Santa Cruz police officers. Due to overwhelming interest, the service was moved over the hill to the Shark Tank, and thousands were expected. Kiri had called me to ask about traffic, as she had heard that the service was just about to let out. Guess this was the final tribute.

The guy who shot the officers was later killed by police. I hope they threw his worthless carcass to the Great Whites that live off the coast.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
What is the longest flight from SFO?

Just so I can take this flight. It would only cost me about ten grand in business class, a bit over $13,000 for first class.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (US Flag)
Civil War anniversary: 13 questions 150 years later

All 13 right!
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Flying Bunnies)
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=273409

Seriously. Insane. Over the Rainbow. A few Goose-steps short of a march. She has long since passed being amusing and entered scary.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (San Francisco - GG Bridge)
No, really. The City and County of San Francisco has an excellent site detailing how to ride out 72 hours after a disaster. Everything from food to how to turn off your gas to dealing with pets, kids, and basket cases like me. Plus specific instructions for various types of emergencies. A lot of it is specific to what we deal with here in the Bay Area (you won't find instructions for dealing with blizzards or hurricanes) but it is very useful.

Of course it looks like the best plan for today's tsunami would have been "Don't have a boat in Santa Cruz's Yacht Harbor."
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (San Francisco)
Just had a small earthquake. Nothing solid from the USGS yet, but it looks like the preliminary data shows it somewhere on the Calvaras Fault east of San Jose, and somewhere between 3.0-3.9 on the Richter scale.

Nothing major, just a couple of bumps and a slight swaying motion.

Edit: Early magnitude is 4.1, with a depth of 7.1km deep The quake was widely felt. Those are still early numbers, and subject to change.

Here's the estimated epicenter
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (US Flag)
http://whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com/
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Baseball - Scream)
Torture.
gridlore: A pile of a dozen hardback books (Books)
Laura Jernegan: Girl on a Whaleship

The journal kept by a young girl during her nearly three years at sea aboard her father's whaling ship. But that's not all. Due to the efforts of another, later child of the family who went on to be a historian, there is tons of accounts, photos, and other information on this site. I've just spent the last two hours reading it, utterly enthralled.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Politics: John Stewart)
Ronald Reagan, by the standards of today's Republican Party, is a liberal traitor.

Oh, and you need to read this piece on Sarah Palin. Someone finally cracked through the veil of secrecy and turned up some interesting facts.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Politics: John Stewart)
Meet The Texas Republican Party. And this doesn't even begin to cover their hateful anti-gay statements. Remember, this is their actual platform.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (US Flag)
Money

I love the designs, and the Bill of rights on the back, but where's the Second Amendment? Can we reintroduce the $500 bill and use that on the back? Put Alexander Hamilton on the bill for ironic purposes.

I'm holding out for one and two dollar coins. Canada totally corrupted me on this.

Edit The first and second amendments are on the $5. I still think the Second Amendment deserves it's own bill.
gridlore: The Imperial Sunburst from the Traveller role-playing game (Gaming - Sunburst)
We're starting to sell my old RPG stuff on eBay

Starting with some classic Traveller stuff from FASA.

Very necessary, but still very hard to do.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (V Governments Afraid)
Everyone needs to read what Nate Silver has to say on the reality of terrorism and flight.
gridlore: One of the penguins from "Madagascar," captioned "It's all some kind of whacked-out conspiracy." (Penguin - Conspiracy)
http://www.reformation.org/

This guy is nuts.

Have fun.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Keep Right)
Go play with this.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (San Francisco)
Current weather radar for our area. We live pretty much halfway between the cross of the radar station and the dot showing San Jose.

Rain sets a record for the date in S.F.

The long dry spell of summer and fall ended with a vengeance today as record-breaking rain and lashing winds tromped into Northern California, sending cars smashing into each other, flooding roads and downing power lines all over the region.

A fatal head-on collision involving three cars shut Highway 1 at Devil's Slide near Pacifica in both directions at about 9 a.m., and it took nearly three hours to reopen the road, said Officer Shawn Chase of the California Highway Patrol.

By midafternoon, there had been more than 200 serious accidents on Bay Area roads, according to the CHP and local police agencies.

To say the commute resembled molasses would be kind. Drives everywhere took nearly twice as long as normal, as people crept along on asphalt made slick by the accumulated water and motor oil that built up over the summer.

"Any time we have a big storm that comes in like this, we'll have these kinds of incidents. That's just the way it is," said Chase, who spent the day dashing from crash to crash. "The oil left from the summer comes up in the roadway, people don't slow down, and all you need is one person sliding into another and you get a chain reaction."

People who slogged along the roads to get to San Francisco International Airport found their flights delayed by as much as three hours because of the weather.

The National Weather Service posted a rare storm warning, predicting possible hurricane winds for San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun bays and for the western part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The danger to boaters was so severe the U.S. Coast Guard advised mariners to keep their boats tied up at dock until Wednesday.

Winds between 50 to 65 mph are expected, and gusts of up to 75 mph are possible this afternoon, said forecaster Diana Henderson. Sustained winds of 74 mph are considered hurricane-force.

The wind predictions also caused the CHP to advise motorists to take extra care on all Bay Area bridges.

Rainfall totals, fed by the remnants of a Japanese typhoon, were impressive. The 2.18 inches that San Francisco received by 3 p.m. obliterated the previous mark for an Oct. 13 - 1.8 inches, set in 1962. It's also about 10 percent of what the city normally receives during an entire year.

"This rain is just sort of a blanket over everybody, and a fire hose in some places," Henderson said. "And we've got quite a bit more rain to come today."

The high-water mark by mid-afternoon was set in Ben Lomond in the Santa Cruz Mountains, which had received 8.2 inches. Elsewhere, 5.27 inches had fallen in San Rafael, 2.58 in Concord, 3.42 at the Oakland Museum and 1.74 in San Jose.

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Football - 49ers)
sports pictures, St. Louis Rams, Kenneth Darby
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The Lambs next face the 2-1 San Francisco 49ers, who are more than a little annoyed after losing to the Vikings in the last two seconds of the game. We hates the Lambses, precious, yesss.. we hates them!

In other news, the Giants are amazingly still mathematically alive! If the Colorado Rockies lose their last five games, and we win the last five, the Giants win the Wild Card! If we sweep, and the Rockies lose four, we end in a tie and will play a one-game playoff. Not likely, but it's there on the table.

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