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Nova has a new show Earth From Space[^] which I found quite interesting. I did not realize how many satellites are being used from mapping the ocean floor to recording the amount of water vapor in the air.
"Earth From Space" is a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth. Viewers witness how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine "waterfall" off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the Sun's heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane. From the microscopic world of water molecules vaporizing over the ocean to the magnetic field that is bigger than Earth itself, the show reveals the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet
I tried watching and made it like 20 minutes in. I was expecting more breathtaking views rather than computer animations of data. TIVO recorded it for me, without my knowledge, so maybe I'll try it again.
Do you think all those satellites are merely observers?
I told my wife we won't be moving again until the basement and the garage are completely empty as well as at least two bedrooms upstairs. The stuff has to be gone - I'm not moving it. When we get that stuff gone we can talk about moving, until then, talk to the hand.
I actually had a box of rocks in my attic. It was my fil's fault. He likes to polish rocks - so when we lived in Az, he asked me to collect some. So I did, and the box of rocks was born. Eventually, we moved and the box came with us to end up in the garage. And it moved again to the storage room of the next house. And it moved yet again to the attic of the house we purchased. And, lo, it remained there for 5 years....
And it was time to move again, and down came the box of rocks. All this time, I have been asking fil to get his box of rocks. This time, last chance I told him.
That box had to have been moved at least 4 times.
<italic>You're going to tell me what I want to know, or I'm going to beat you to death in your own house.
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." B. Franklin, 1783
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” BF, 1759
Ah, that's the easy part! Winding your way through the labyrinth that is escrow and closing, etc., that is a nightmare brought to life. It makes me yearn for the UK exchange and completion rigmarole which was a cake-walk compared to this bollocks.
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur." Red Adair. nils illegitimus carborundum
Before I even started school my parents moved 7 times; they have remained in the same house now since 1971.
From leaving home to marrying, I had had five places in 15 years; nice and easy.
When Mrs Wife and I met in 2000, she had a flat in Budapest and I had flats in the UK and Hungary. I sold everything and bought a large apartment in Budapest; we kept Mrs Wife's small flat and continue to rent it out.
Then we moved to the UK and after two years bought and furnished another home in Balatonfured for our holiday home. 2011 we moved back to Hungary and last year we returned to the UK. We now have the four places and somehow manage them all.
I strongly advocate not bothering to pack up house and home; just expand to an extra place when you run out of room.
Reality is an illusion caused by a lack of alcohol
I still havce copies of every print magazine I've been published in / edited etc.
Three big boxes of heavy paper.
Been moving with us for ever, and each move they come out, go in a cupboard until we move again.
I hate moving. We're trying to cut down, maybe only once every 5 years from now on.
I am sure that when we moved back to Hungary there were some boxes that were never opened and just re-shipped when we returned to the UK. In the Fured house there is a spare bedroom that has, at last count, a sh*t load of unsorted detritus. We don't need it, don't want it and have no need for it. But it gets kept...
Reality is an illusion caused by a lack of alcohol
The director of my department asked me to change the link on a web page so that it looks different than all of the other links on the page. This link is part of a list of links and I made the change despite the fact that from a usability standpoint (consistancy of links) the page has suffered.
The assistant director just contacted me directly. The implication of the email is that the assistant director doesn't like the appearance of the link and the assistant director wants to know if we have a standard for that sort of thing. In short, is the strange link a violation of a standard?
The last place I want to be is between a director and an assistant director, especially since the director will usually pull rank and insist we go with his ideas regardless of objections. That isn't all bad, after all, he is the one that ultimately has to answer for the department.
How would you respond to an email from an obviously unhappy assistant director about web standards and how they impact a change the director requested?
I would just tell him that the Director requested the change and that there are web standards that are applied in most cases. Maybe let him know that it is an easy thing to change but you need the Director's approval before undoing the change. Just be diplomatic about it.