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Friday, 02 March 2012


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"1816: Known as the year without summer, snow fell very late on, and the summer never recovered. [...]"

"I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;
Morn came and went--and came, and brought no day,
And men forgot their passions in the dread
Of this their desolation; and all hearts
Were chill'd into a selfish prayer for light..."

Thanks for that, 'W'. I wonder if it was the inspiration for Cormac McCarthy's "The Road"?

" go long on Long Johns!"

I have, as usual followed your advice, however, I would recommend at least a little diversification into Triple-S (Sorels, Skates and Snowmobiles).

As a bit of an 'Aztec' I particularly like the links between CME's and earthquakes let alone sunspot activity and global temperature as means of causing the AGW crowd to cry (Hey, there are worse hobbies, I could play golf!)

Hello, Able, and welcome to D&N. I had to do a bit of research on your comment because being an old codger I'm not too up in the latest terminology.

'Sorels', hitherto unknown to me, look good, I might invest in a pair.

"A bit of an 'Aztec'", alas, leaves me even more bewildered than usual.

And "CMEs"?

However, "there are worse hobbies, I could play golf", I absolutely and entirely agree with!

Hello and thanks! I've been lurking for quite some time (I'm just a perennial lurker) just the first time I felt the urge to contribute (normally the subjects elicit a more explicit response, usually involving piano wire for some reason - politicians you know?).

"Old Codger", see I knew we had something in common, although I like to use "emotionally labile, temporally gifted, XY chromosome recipient - just to confuse a few more of the ineducable out there in this socialist paradise".

"A bit of an Aztec", I'm afraid came about because I raised a few issues with an avid AGW supporter (you know the contrast between the effects of a 'sizeable stellar object radiating just a little energy in our close proximity' as opposed to a few 'cow farts' and 'horseless carriages'), there response? "Oh, so you're an Aztec, worship the sun and all that?" FFS

I'm sad, I know, but I watch sites such as:

etc. after all the effects of Coronal Mass Ejections, think Japan and Chile, let alone a Carrington Event have some interest don't they? (I tried to get a life, but the shop was out of my size ;-( )

[Oh and don't whatever you do Google for pictures of CME's (amazingly spectacular when you consider that the earth would just appear as a speck on even the smallest) or for information on a Carrington Event (ooh, scary), that's how I got hooked. But don't worry, I'm a member of SSWA (Sun Spot Watchers Anonymous), our meetings are a hoot. We sit around in shorts and shades (Wileys! Raybans are so passé) in a mock beach scene being coached by a facilitator, repeating "See, it isn't out to kill us". ROFL]

And yes, in addition to being intelligent, tall, dark (or I would be if I still had any hair) and extremely, ruggedly handsome (I haven't needed the paper bag in public for years), I do have a sense of humour! In fact I am complemented on it constantly, nary a day goes by without a friend, colleague or even stranger telling me "Able, you're full of Wit!" (at least I think it was wit they said.. yes, definitely).


Well, I'm still bullish (I think) on sarongs but I'd like one more look at you in your Long Johns before I make a major decision.

Able, thanks for those links which I have saved. Not that I understand them but it allows me to quote from them thus providing me with a spurious air of expertise. You will have noticed that 'spurious airs of expertise' are an important feature around here. Also, given that you are "tall, dark and ruggedly handsome" may I introduce you to Andra (just above this and just below you, so to speak) who is, alas, Australian but also drop dead gorgeous!

And, Andra, don't linger for too long on that photo of me in my Long Johns or you will be in trouble with the boss!

Whose boss?
I have no "boss".
Able, stick around. You have definite possibilities.

Oh. I add 'spurious airs' to almost all my activities just to be annoying (I'm forty-mumble, I haven't the energy for more active hobbies, and there never seems to be a parking space for my Zimmer-frame)! 'Expertise' though, now that's another matter, not quite sure what it is (I have access to some 'Kleen-prep' will that ease your expert enough?).

I shall continue my lurking and may even pluck up courage to post again thanks to your response. It makes such a difference! Most people I talk to about 'interesting' subjects (well to me anyway) either pretend I didn't say anything and start a conversation about Coronation Street or respond in language I have to ask a passing teenager to translate (Jeez, two degrees and years of anatomical experience and I still can't figure some of the terms out???). I'm used to such treatment though, I'm a nurse and work daily with old, confused and occasionally violent, usually incontinent old biddies, but enough about my colleagues! I have many and varied opinions, some based on facts (?), ready and waiting for any available soap-box.

Oh, and Andra 'no boss?', well I'm in the NHS so I have more bosses than patients and colleagues combined, want one? 'definite possibilities', too kind! That opinion will last until I start rhapsodising on some favourite topic (usually liberally peppered with quotes from song lyrics and authors such as Heinlein or Pratchett - well, they all say what I mean better than I can).

Keep up the good work. (Apologies for the verbosity, I have a bad case of digital diarrhoea).

Well done, Able, you'll fit in very well, we have plenty of diarrhoea around here!

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