General Discussion, Tuesday, March 7, 2023

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  1. Pa Hermit says:

    Mt kind of shirt!

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  2. Lucille says:

    Good morning, Stellars! Have a transcendent Tuesday!

    Two photos of 463 ft. tall Helmcken Falls, Murtle River, British Columbia, Canada
    (Photographers not noted)



    Ruby Beach, Washington

    (Photographer Grant Ordelheide)

    And an oil on 36×60 canvas which looks like a photograph…

    (American luminist Joseph McGurl)

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  3. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    More Scotland… 😀

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  5. czarina33 says:

    It’s National Pet Adoption Weekend. Adoption fees are waived for all animals 6 months or older at the NO shelter.

    Cher Chez was picked up off our street as a puppy and brought home. Hannah was formally adopted at the shelter. Mickey Black & White came from a shelter as a kitten, Arby and Freddy were abandoned and handed over to us as willing companions. Mickey Orange just showed up in the garage and made himself at home.

    Encourage someone you know to consider it this weekend. I imagine the shelters are full and newborn season is here.

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  6. auscitizenmom says:

    Good afternoon all. it is almost 30* out and overcast with a white sky. Most of the snow in the parking lot has melted. I don’t see any snow in the near future for this area. People keep talking about spring, but I will not be fooled into thinking winter is over until I have to wear sleeveless shirts outside because it is so hot. Loki doesn’t care.

    Have housekeeping to do. They are doing a safety walkthrough tomorrow. They will probably mark me down for putting a table in front of the heater in the bedroom, but I have never turned it on because I don’t like a heated bedroom. We will have to see what they say.

    Hope everyone is healthy, warm, and happy.

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  7. czarina33 says:

    So, yesterday was 85* but low humidity in the afternoon. 72* this morning with high humidity and clouds. Went out to spray the yard for weeds and it was tolerable, but started to get hot about 11 when the sun came out. However, about that time I moved to the side and back yards, and there was a nice breeze off the lake!

    I’ll take a water break then get back to work.

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  8. Lucille says:

    This is one of the funniest things I’ve heard or read since forever….

    Michelle Obama Had ‘Uncontrollable Sobbing’ at Trump’s Inauguration
    Published March 7, 2023

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  9. Stella says:

    Thanks for setting the record straight, Jack Cashill! Mr. History, my ass.

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  10. Stella says:

    Censoring Goosebumps Books without Permission

    Children’s horror author R.L. Stine has accused his publisher of editing references to weight, mental health, and ethnicity in over a dozen of his books without his permission.

    Certain titles from the Goosebumps anthology, second only to the Harry Potter books in terms of popularity, have been re-released as sanitized e-books by Scholastic, a new report from The Times has revealed. The move comes after huge controversy enveloped the British publisher of Roald Dahl’s books for hundreds of similar changes, leading the publisher to agree to continue printing the original versions alongside the new bowdlerized editions.

    While The Times originally claimed Stine, 79, had agreed to the changes, the author denied he had ever approved them on Monday afternoon.

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    • Reflection says:

      Bowdlerize is also the term they use for television programs that have words changed from the original, but not deleted.

      I found this comment about the practice from Grammarist:

      “Bowdlerization is similar to censorship, but more narrowly defined. Censorship is often official, often politically motivated, and often applied to nonartistic texts, while bowdlerization is usually done by a private individual or group seeking to make a work of art more morally acceptable. Also, censorship often involves outright removal of parts of texts, while bowdlerization often involves cleaning things up but not removing them. The word tends to have negative connotations. Bowdlerizers typically use other terms to describe what they do.”

      Is a work of art that has been changed, still the same work of art?


  11. The Tundra PA says:

    Iditarod Update: Day 2 is complete.

    The race is now transitioning into the mid-section, the Interior of Alaska. The huge Alaska Range (which includes Denali, the highest peak in North America) was left behind at the Rohn checkpoint. Now the terrain will be flat and wide open, often with so much wind that there is very little snow on the ground. Rough going over mud, rocks and dirt for dogs and mushers alike. The sled is constantly pounding on the hard surface, so the musher must keep knees flexed all the time to absorb the shocks. An hour of that is uncomfortable; 3 hours is exhausting.

    The first 12 teams have passed through Nikolai and kept going; the next 9 are resting in Nikolai and may be taking their 24 hour rest there. The other 11 teams are making their way over the 75 miles of trail from Rohn. One team has scratched at Rainy Pass, Rookie Jennifer LaBar and 13 dogs. She crashed her sled on the way up the mountains and dislocated the ring finger of her left hand. Usually a good yank and a splint will take care of that sort of injury, but there may have been other factors involved. The official announcements of teams scratching rarely give details. “For the good of the team” is about all they say.

    As the third day of the race gets started, the teams are settling into the routine of it. The standard is 4-hour runs followed by food and a 4-hour rest on comfy straw. This goes on around the clock; the Iditarod truly is the race that never sleeps. All dog care must come before any musher eating or resting. That leads to very tired and sleep-deprived mushers by the mid-point. The 24 hour required rest is most welcome.

    Mushers plan and strategize the race long before it ever starts, write out their plan and do their best to stick to it. Where to stop, how long to stop, how much leeway to allow based on the energy of the team and the weather. The unpredictable factor is always the weather. Especially in the Interior, anything is possible. It can be hot and sunny (bad for dogs) or blowing and frigid (hard on both dogs and mushers). This year, as the field surrounds Nikolai, it is hot and sunny. Sled dogs run best, especially for long runs, when the temps are between -10 and +10. When it gets to the high twenties or warmer, dogs overheat quickly. So wherever you are for the heat of the day is where you stop for 2 or 4 or even 6 hours. Planned or not. Schedules be danged, the care of the team comes first, always.

    As I write now at 5:30 pm Alaska Time, Pete is in 7th position and has left Nikolai with plans to camp before McGrath. He and his team are keeping a good pace at 8.2 mph. Good cruising speed. He still has all 14 dogs that he started with.

    Jessie is in 18th position, resting in Nikolai with 13 dogs.

    Mike Junior is in 22nd position, also resting in Nikolai. He has 12 dogs now.

    And Bridgett is in 23 position, about 14 miles from Nikolai and running at 8 mph with 13 dogs in harness.

    I haven’t said much about the top 5 teams yet, as that tends to be a constantly shifting picture for the first half of the race. More on that tomorrow.

    GO DOGS!

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