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Oh, dear, I feel a Caché rant coming on... Caché doesn't support operator precedence, and they said they wouldn't add it because it might break existing applications. How difficult would it be to make it configurable?!
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.
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