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Michael W. May
Can ducklips go away now? Please? Pretty please? *bitchlips* #bitchlipswasalwaysbetteranyways
Splain me the difference. Really. I think I was out sick that day and I am totally confused on the subject. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat from Android
Bitchlips is far less exaggerated, usually one side a bit more than the other, with a look that says something more like it's namesake followed by "please" (instead of looking like you've blown up 99 luft balloons whilst sucking vinegar betwixt blows) - Michael W. May from Android
Or as the father of bitchlips once said: https://mobile.twitter.com/geekand... - Michael W. May from Android
haha. - Derrick
Aww, let the kids play, grumpy old man. - Pixie
Steve C
Rescued Chihuahua And Insanely Fluffy Chicken Are The Best Of Friends | HooplaHa.com - http://hooplaha.com/2014...
Rescued Chihuahua And Insanely Fluffy Chicken Are The Best Of Friends | HooplaHa.com
"Two legged Roo, and fellow rescue Penny are bffls (best friends for LIFES). How could they not be? Two world-weary, little babes who are cuter than all get out? Yeah, it was meant to be." - Steve C from Bookmarklet
So cute! - Tamara J. B.
It's so fluffy!!! - Michael W. May
Spidra Webster
Still the best socnet what is.
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George! - Michael W. May
I remember that cartoon. I'm old. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
shit Mark, we didn't need that cartoon to tell us that. *runs* - MoTO Moca Blend
<Throws a used Depends at MoTO> Oh come on, people. It's wrapped in a plastic bag! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
*sniff*... doesn't help - MoTO Moca Blend
LB: Ratchet Bear
Subjecting Mr. B to Mamma Mia.
With "sing-along" turned on. I'm cruel. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
I've seen it. Yes, you are!! :-) - Jenny from Android
Sounds like fun to me - Soup in a TARDIS
You saw it with me, Jenny! :) - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
We did? I'm old. I can't remember! - Jenny
Didn't you come with us to the theater? With Lee and my friend Julie? - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
poor Mr. B. *runs* - Big Joe Silence
Yeah, I did go to the theater. I remember now. - Jenny
I wanna be there! - Pixie
Come on down, Pixie! :) - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
Remington Steele failed to con me into believing he could sing. - Michael W. May
Bless his heart. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
Micah
A tradition that has lasted at least three generations in your family:
A really old one in our family: as far back as anyone can remember, each generation has procreated and had offspring. *sagenod* /smartass - Michael W. May
Sure, eliminate alien intervention out of hand, go ahead. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Laziness. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
The Birthday Girl/Boy makes the first cut, but does NOT pull the knife out. Someone else does. - Yvonne
Is there a particular meaning to that ritual, Yvonne? - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Supposedly bad luck to pull the knife out, but I honestly have no idea why. LOL! - Yvonne
A love of British television comedies. - Brent Schaus
Eating sausage on Groundhog Day. Because ground hog. - Betsy
Bowl haircut. - Rodfather
The name of the oldest born male is Edwin S* Mack -- five generations and still going. (The S varies.) - Stephen Mack
The middle name Martin for the first-born sons. Mine, my son’s, my father’s, his father, and so forth. - Akiva
Getting a Christmas tree around December 10-15. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Hoarding. - Corinne L
Drinking heavily. - LB's Bubba. The other 1
Homemade noodles over mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving. - Meg VMeg
Until I demitted, Freemasonry. - Brent Schaus
Oh, and on the other side of the famiy: graduating from Harvard (but only the dudes, and it ended with my uncles). - Meg VMeg
Mild choking on food while trying to talk at the dinner table. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Making dill pickles every summer. Being Lutheran (that one is really, really old.) A kid gets to request their favorite food for their birthday. - Jennifer Dittrich
We have quite a few, surprisingly. The top two that come to mind are making ravioli by hand every Christmas and Easter, and passing along the first name of the father as the middle name of the eldest son. - Hookuh Tinypants
I come from a very long line of packrats and frugal tinkerers. And to be a really good frugal tinkerer, you need a lot of junk to work with. :-D - April Russo
The first name Josef for the first-born son, my great-grandfather, my grandfather, my father and my brother. My siblings and I broke with this tradition. Repeatedly and sometimes perseveringly using idiosyncratic words, expressions, sayings, some from our childhood. Playing an instrument. My grandfather played the bass tuba, my father taught himself to play a children's instrument called Melodika and xylophone, and I used to play piano. - Maitani
Michael W. May
Reading glasses @ White Cloud, Michigan http://instagram.com/p...
Reading glasses @ White Cloud, Michigan http://instagram.com/p/mMacaFC0z5/
*cheekkiss* - Pixie
*nosekiss* - Michael W. May
Michael W. May
Thank you for living a life of loving example, Grandma Saunders. My the next one bring you the joy you seek. You are missed already. *love*
*hugs* - Tamara J. B.
Thanks, y'all ♥ - Michael W. May from Android
**hugs** - Jennifer Dittrich
*hugs* - Laura
(((MWM))) - Jenny H. from Android
I am so sorry for your loss. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
So sorry. - lris
Sorry, MWM. *hugs* - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Marie
Because that's how you get ants.
Right? - Michael W. May
Starmama
THE PAST TENSE OF LEAD IS NOT LEAD.
Metal tense! - Janet from FFHound!
Unleaded. - Michael W. May from Android
The past tense of rock is not Zepplin? - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Working on that with my kids. I blame 'read'. - Anika
So do I, Anika. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Leeded. Of course. - Rebecca Hedreen
(My grandmother, who read three newspapers a day but didn't listen to radio (hearing problems) or watch TV (no interest, and hearing)), thought "lead" as in lead guitar was pronounced like lead the metal because they were used by heavy metal bands. No joke. She thought it was funny when she realized her mistake.) - Betsy
That's hella cute! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I was in my 20s when I realized "misled" was NOT the past tense of a verb, "misle", meaning to fool. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I still crack up at myself about that. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Love it! Now I'm going to start pronouncing it "misl'd" in my head. - Betsy
My mother told me she did the 'mizzled' thing when she was a kid. - Mary B: #TeamMonique from iPhone
OH MY GOD I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
(in my head, it had a long i) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Sigh. Now I'm starting to pronounce it with a long I in my head. - Walt Crawford
my bad :-D - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
t-ra: lose,find,repeat
Always interesting when you order something and your server's response is, "hell yeah." One thing I can do is indulge like a champion.
Also, one cognac and I think everyone's hitting on me. That might be just regular drunk though. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat from Android
Careful. Don't drink too much! - Professor A.I.
Oh, how can you tell? - Professor A.I.
I see. So you regularly drink a lot and go to bars to meet strange men? My cousin does that. - Professor A.I.
Hrm - Michael W. May from Android
... - Pixie
don't worry, Pixie... someone made lame comments on this thread before I blocked them, and then I deleted my replies. I think MWM was simply espressing his dislike for the attempt to hijack my posts here. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
Michael W. May
Rated this 6/10 stars on IMDb. http://fb.me/6KqmlpEU2
Rated this 6/10 stars on IMDb. http://fb.me/6KqmlpEU2
This being "The Burning Times" documentary. - Michael W. May
Kristin
San Francisco Is Now Using Firefighting Goats - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
San Francisco Is Now Using Firefighting Goats
San Francisco Is Now Using Firefighting Goats
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"Nestled between railroad tracks and a cement recycling plant in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood lives a little herd of urban goats with a big appetite for one of the only things that flourished in the the California drought: dry, fire-hazard brush. Since 2008, City Grazing has been herding mixed-breed goats in the unlikely meadow and sending them on freelance assignments to eat up overgrowth everywhere from San Franciscans’ backyards to federal land in the Presidio. The landscaping goats are a green alternative to heavy machinery and pesticides and can easily graze steep hillsides, all while leaving behind a biodegradable fertilizer." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
"“There’s been a definite increase in thoughts of, ‘How do we reduce fire hazard?’” she said. “When the number of wildfires increased in California in 2013, we began to get a lot more phone calls asking if goats were a viable option here … They’re the tried and true traditional method. Grazing animals have always been a wonderful way to keep grasslands and brushy areas reduced in that... more... - Kristin
I'm surprised at how much attention and reaction this is getting considering using goats (and other ruminants) as fire suppression and invasive species control has been common practice throughout California for decades. - Hookuh Tinypants
Because, goats! :D - Michael W. May from Android
Everyone should own goats. Aside from their rancid farts, they are quite epic. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
No wonder I feel a certain kinship with goats! #OrneryAndFarty - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
We have something in common! Wait what? - Hookuh Tinypants
Eric - Watch Me Now
NFL Now Demands $16.6 Million Over M.I.A.'s Super Bowl Middle Finger - http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq...
NFL Now Demands $16.6 Million Over M.I.A.'s Super Bowl Middle Finger
"M.I.A. wasn't paid for the event as is the custom of the league. But nevertheless, the NFL spent the first two years of arbitration demanding $1.5 million for allegedly breaching her performance contract and tarnishing its goodwill and reputation. Now the NFL has added an additional claim, seeking $15.1 million more in "restitution" as the alleged value of public exposure she received by appearing for an approximately two minute segment during Madonna's performance. The figure is based on what advertisers would have paid for ads during this time. "The claim for restitution lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic," say M.I.A.'s response papers, filed on Friday." - Eric - Watch Me Now from Bookmarklet
That's insane. (Also, why does the NFL think it's okay to not pay halftime performers?) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
They are a *HUGE AIR QUOTES* "non-profit" and the 1 billion plus viewership is it's own reward (best guess) - Michael W. May
The NFL is wack in so many different ways. - Victor Ganata
Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremony performers are usually not paid (or only a tiny amount like $1 to formalise the contract). - Johnny from iPhone
I would also dare say that the performer would have been "paid" by her record company for her time. Unlike the bullshit "do this for free and you'll get great exposure" business that people ask photographers etc, it could probably be easily demonstrated that playing the Super Bowl would directly lead to a spike in sales post performance. - Johnny from iPhone
True, but what about all the people who tune in just to see the show and then watch those $2 million commercials? For high profile acts like Madonna, I bet the NFL gets more out of the performers than most of the performers receive from exposure. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
You can't think of it as the performers are people. Let's say I'm a record company. To buy that amount of airtime to push my artist (and all the other artists on that record) at the Super Bowl would cost me $15 million (as per the lawsuit). Let's cut that in thirds cause it's bullshit so let's say $5 million. I pay my artist $500,000 to perform 3 songs. The NFL and sponsors pick up the... more... - Johnny from iPhone
M.I.A. wasn't even the main act. Demanding $16.6 million for two minutes without being able to demonstrate any tangible harm (or that she benefited tangibly from the exposure) is insane. - Victor Ganata
Yes. 100% true. But the notion that she did not receive any advantage because she wasn't paid directly from the NFL is most likely wrong. - Johnny from iPhone
holly #ravingfangirl
*headtilt* Chai Chess Pie | Serious Eats : Recipes: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes...
*headtilt* Chai Chess Pie | Serious Eats : Recipes: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/03/first-prize-pie-chai-chess-pie-recipe.html#.UydZUQ_ukNI.twitter
Potpourri Pie... aka, how to ruin pie *smirk* - Michael W. May
i was actually thinking about a chai cream pie last night as I was drinking chai loaded down with milk. - holly #ravingfangirl
Victor Ganata
Man, how many wars are named just after one dude? Like the Napoleonic Wars and the Mithridatic Wars?
I have several books with lists, I could find out :D - Pete
But off top of our heads... - Pete
My favorite is the War of Jenkins' Ear. - John (bird whisperer)
King William's War, Queen Anne's War - Pete
The cranium wars? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
King Philip's War - Spidra Webster
Actually, now I'm wondering just how damned long a list of every named war in human history would be.... - Spidra Webster
So Napoleon and Mithridates are the only guys who managed to come back with sequels? :D - Victor Ganata
Spidra- very, very long... - Pete
This is only a start and they broke it into separate lists. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Spidra Webster
The Jugurthine War. (I also like the War of the Stray Dog, John :)) - Eivind
^ Gives short shrift to the many wars B.C. God, some historian really ought to compile a list. Then some artist ought to inscribe that list on a Moebius loop. It's depressing to think about how messed up our species is... (Victor, the earlier Wikipedia link has a link to a much longer list of BC wars). - Spidra Webster
I think we just don't have very many intact records of all the wars that happened that long ago, so wars that happened BCE will be really underrepresented. - Victor Ganata
Caesar's Civil War, Caesar's Alexandrian Wars... he probably has more... - Michael W. May
His Gallic Wars, for example - Pete
Which are on your linked list, I now see *sagenod* - Michael W. May
Yeah, poor Alexander doesn't even have a wiki page for his wars. - Michael W. May
Foyle's War #OhWait - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
The War of the Roses... when Pete Rose had a feud with his crew-cut-sporting brother. #StylisticDispute (Well, upon further consideration, I guess that's 2 people.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Oh, I don't doubt that there are tons of wars associated mainly with only one dude, but I was just intrigued by the fact that the Mithridatic Wars and the Napoleonic Wars are how they're most commonly referred to, in comparison to how all the wars Julius Caesar or Alexander of Macedon were belligerents in are generally referenced by locale. I don't think I've ever heard/seen anyone... more... - Victor Ganata
Full title- Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, which also sums up the arc of history then ;) - Pete
Also, wars change names- what we call them now may not be how people referred to them then, if they had a sense of them as unitary events at all. - Pete
Oh, definitely. It all depends on who is writing the history :D (My favorite instant of discordant naming is how the U.S. calls it the Philippine Insurrection while Filipinos call it the Filipino-American War.) - Victor Ganata
Sarah G.
NO. "@trbruce: Um, creepy. A Mechanical Doll That Will Crawl All the Way Into Your Nightmares http://ow.ly/uCGJL"
NO. "@trbruce: Um, creepy. A Mechanical Doll That Will Crawl All the Way Into Your Nightmares http://ow.ly/uCGJL"
Spidra Webster
iPhone, iPad battery draining faster on iOS 7.1? You're not alone | ZDNet - http://www.zdnet.com/iphone-...
iPhone, iPad battery draining faster on iOS 7.1? You're not alone | ZDNet
"iPhone and iPad users running the latest software version, iOS 7.1, is considerably draining battery life, according to some users. Read this 26 ways to improve your iPhone's battery life 26 ways to improve your iPhone's battery life Read more The iterative software update, released on Monday, boasts a number of new features, including accessibility tweaks and user interface design changes, along with a number of security fixes. According to the latest research, iOS 7.1 is already on 21 percent of all iPhones and iPads — making it one of the fastest uptake of a new mobile operating system version in recent history. But despite internal extensive testing and five iterative beta versions issued to Apple developers, the battery life on some devices appears to be dropping far more than it did on iOS 7. Ars Technica tested the battery life across a number of devices, including the iPhone 5s, and iPad models, and discovered that battery life was in nearly all cases slightly lower in iOS... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Hmmm. Maybe I'll delay on that "upgrade" a bit longer yet. - Spidra Webster
I haven't seen any difference personally. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I definitely saw a difference between 5 and 6. - Spidra Webster
My battery life actually got better after going from 6 to 7. I also did, however, turn off almost all notifications, too, though. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Yeah, I pretty much always have that stuff turned off. - Spidra Webster
I have not experienced any battery issues with any 7 version. The security improvements alone are worth it, Megan. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
bluetooth turned on for iBeacon accounting for some of it, I imagine - Michael W. May
Michael W. May
Me, wearing my sleep apnea CPAP mask: Talk to me, Goose!
ONE OF US! ONE OF US! ONE OF US! - Big Joe Silence
I like to do Jaques Cousteau impressions. - A Gunny named Slickback
The Dark Side is more restful than you can imagine. - Michael W. May
or at least, I hope to be able to do that one soon - Michael W. May
feel the power of this fully operational breathing station - Pete
I feel the need. The need to breathe. - Michael W. May from Android
Yay and what big joe said! I've been using mine even when I'm taking a nap. it's very helpful - Sir Shuping is just sir
If I'm going to sleep I gear up. Been doing so for almost 10 years now - A Gunny named Slickback
I like to pretend I'm an elephant when the hose isn't plugged in to the CPAP. - Laura
#oneofours. Welcome, Brother. - MoTO Moca Blend
Negative, Ghost Rider. The pattern is full. - Steven Perez
Great Balls of Fire! - Heleninstitches
Don't do it Mav! - MoTO Moca Blend
My CPAP is writing checks my body can't cash! (discontinuing to give my reactive face a chance to recover) - Michael W. May
Michael W. May
A preview photo from our engagement session. It went pretty well :)
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It was a nice walk. ❤ - Pixie
*melts* - Heleninstitches
Awwww, LOVE it!! - Gabrielle
Michael looks like a jazz musician. Wish I could pull off that look. I'd walk around saying "Be cool, man.. be cool." ('Cuz that's what cool people do, y'dig?) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
This cat plays a mean kazoo. - Michael W. May from FFHound(roid)!
Coming to the stage ladies and gentlemen, after an extended engagement at the Zukey Lake Tavern in lovely Pinckney, Michigan, give it up for the jazz stylings of Michael WockaWocka May, The Godfather of The Kazoo! - MoTO Moca Blend
B! Brilliant DJ skills - Janet from FFHound!
Oddly enough we are having lunch in Kzoo... - Pixie from FFHound(roid)!
Well, Kzoo sure beats Bad Axe... (or so I'm told.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I still want to go to Hell... and Two Rivers. - Pixie
The Two Rivers we have here in Wisconsin is referred to by locals as "Trivers." #FYI - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Beautiful. <3 - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Michael W. May
I took Zimbio's 'Firefly' quiz and I'm Mal! Who are you? #ZimbioQuiz http://www.zimbio.com/quiz...
I took Zimbio's 'Firefly' quiz and I'm Mal! Who are you? #ZimbioQuiz http://www.zimbio.com/quiz/sa6NyxFsmpH/Firefly+Character?result=V7fzTOHh_iq
I got Zoe. Totally flattered. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
I'm pretty sure mine was a roll of the dice betwixt everyone minus Jayne :P - Michael W. May
I got Shepherd Book. - ellbeecee
Hmm I got River. Should I worry? >.> - Aden
Kaylee!! I also ain't be touched by nuthin that ain't run on batteries. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
... Wash. *gets on that fanfic* - Pixie
(It was the similar asses, btw.) - Pixie
*flex* - Michael W. May
Wash, and, as Glen really wants you to remember, I'm dead. - MoTO Moca Blend
I got Wash - Halil
Jandy
A friend pointed out something in Winnie the Pooh that I can’t believe I didn’t think of for my post. What did Pooh do to poor Mr. Sanders?
tastes like chicken - Michael W. May
He was the one who posted the Trespassers Will Be Shot sign.... and accidentally shot himself... *wild guess* - Pixie
The forest used to be 1,000 acres. We don't talk about what happened to the other 900. - Jennifer Dittrich
Michael W. May
So how come nobody told us Downton Abbey was basically a period soap? *peer*
Well, I'd argue that much of the dialogue is better than your average soap. - Brent Schaus
Agreed. - Michael W. May
Micah
Umm ...
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Via the Snopes message board: appears to be real. http://www.11points.com/Books... - Andrew C (✔)
"The reason this page bugged me is because it doesn't come back to "God created it." I would actually accept that. This one is just misinformation for misinformation's sake. " - Andrew C (✔)
Thanks for context link, Andrew. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
"This page is just the evangelical textbook equivalent of trolling." x__x - Pixie
Static from the space rubs against the earth - Michael W. May from Android
ronin
풋풋 - 새내기쏭 MV - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
풋풋 - 새내기쏭 MV - YouTube
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Nice change of pace from the usual Kpop girl group fare. - ronin from Bookmarklet
Indie Kpop :) - Michael W. May from Android
Michael W. May
Michael W. May
Who left the big plant in the green plastic pot here sometime since Chistmas? Cannot recall... it is doing well, btw.
Mystery plant remains a mystery. - Pixie
The odds that both mine and my mother's memories have both found the same hole is a very high probability... - Michael W. May from Android
triffid - Big Joe Silence
Planta Claus? - John (bird whisperer)
^^^ HAHAHAHAHA! - Spidra Webster
John! - Marie
Michael W. May
Concerning Downtown Abby: "Just because it is a British show doesn't mean it has time travel. " #pixieism
True, but Maggie Smith could definitely take on the Daleks. - David Lounsbury
And it does already have a former PM in the cast. - Michael W. May from Android
LB: Ratchet Bear
#SaturdayFF: my favorite cartoon that was created after I was a kid is The Powerpuff Girls.
Rugrats for me! - Heleninstitches
I like Rugrats, too. :) - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
Archer for me. - Brent Schaus
I named my World of Warcraft gorilla hunter pet Mojo Jojo when I first started. - Rodfather
Home Movies is mine. - Meg VMeg
I've never considered this before. I guess Beavis and Butthead, even though I was a teenager when it came out. I don't really watch cartoons. - Jenny H. from Android
13 years ago, my handle at Reed Elsevier among the developers was Mojo JoJo. - Big Joe Silence
I love Spongebob & most of the 90s era DC comic animated series. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
In the past few years, I've enjoyed episodes of Phineas and Ferb and Adventure Time. - Rodfather
Gargoyles - April Russo
The Simpsons for me. - Spidra Webster
I do love The Simpsons, but I consider them more of a sitcom than a cartoon. :) - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
Adventure Time is the only one that I think qualifies. Most of the other one's have been around 10-15 years or so. - Not Me
I didn't include The Simpsons or Samurai Jack because I was thinking of kid's cartoons :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Samurai Jack was a kid's cartoon. It aired during the regular children's prime-time on Cartoon Network, when it was released. I really wanted to put it down, but I was only 10 when it came out. - Not Me
Oh, I'd seen it on DVDs, didn't know it was a kid's show. Seemed dark & grownup to me :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Powerpuff Girls rock. Favs for me are The Wild Thornberries and Kim Possible (discounting all anime and Adult Swim) - Michael W. May
*fist bumps mwm* kim possible rocks!!! avatar the last airbender/korra and powerpuff girls and adventure time to an extent - Sir Shuping is just sir
Victor Ganata
As California farmers are wont to remind drivers along I-5 and Highway 99 through billboards, nothing grows without water.
This is the reason why the idea that increasing CO2 levels will magically green deserts seems prima facie ludicrous. Although I guess you could argue that increasing global temperature will probably cause changes in precipitation patterns, it's not going to change geography all at once. - Victor Ganata
I guess if you attribute the drought to CO2 you might be on solid ground and yes if global temperature was actually increasing then this might help absent PDO according to the IPCC "the water-holding capacity of the atmosphere increases by about 7% for every 1°C rise in temperature." I also remember this well http://www.nbcnews.com/id... California though may have a bigger problem. http://www.ucpress.edu/book... - Eric Logan
I can't see how areas that do not get rain because of geographical characteristics are going to get rain because of increasing CO2 levels or increasing global temperatures. The presence of the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades ensures that rain will always drop to the west of them, and everything to the immediate east will stay dry. The Himalayas will keep the Tibetan plateau dry. - Victor Ganata
I don't think there's any evidence that the drought in California isn't due to normal cyclic variations, although the severity of it will probably be affected by rising global temperatures. And in the short term, there has been an anomalous weather pattern that has made January and February unseasonably warm and dry (it's been named the "ridiculously resilient ridge" :D) which seems to be related to the shift of/weakening of the jet stream and polar vortex. - Victor Ganata
We've had subnormal rainfall for the last three years. The only reason why this last year was the one getting headlines is because it's the driest year on record, in a lot of places more than 10 inches short of average. - Victor Ganata
It's not even clear that increasing CO2 concentrations will have any salutary effects on agriculture, since the effect they noticed in Australia is on wild plants that are already adapted to arid conditions. But assuming there's actually rainfall to support it, I suspect the main effect will be to provide more fuel for the next wildfire season. - Victor Ganata
CO2: C3 and C4 Plants - Smithsonian Environmental Research Center http://www.serc.si.edu/labs... - Victor Ganata
"C3 plants include more than 95 percent of the plant species on earth…. C4 plants include such crop plants as sugar cane and corn. They are the second most prevalent photosynthetic type…. It turns out that the important difference between C3 and C4 species for rising CO2 levels is that C3 species continue to increase photosynthesis with rising CO2 , while C4 species do not. So, C3 plants that can respond readily to higher CO2 levels, and C4 plants can make only limited responses." - Victor Ganata
"Thus increased CO2 likely will mean that some plant species will be stronger, more prolific, and may overwhelm those less able to benefit. The nature of plant populations in various areas probably will change; more sedges in place of grasses in marshlands, for example, consequences we don't yet know." - Victor Ganata
C3 plants also need a lot more water than C4 (and CAM) plants do. #MoreFuelForTheFlames - Victor Ganata
C3 carbon fixation - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Victor Ganata
It greens C3's and further reduces water needs of C4's http://www.mcphersonsentinel.com/article... - Eric Logan
"Plants that survive solely on C3 fixation (C3 plants) tend to thrive in areas where sunlight intensity is moderate, temperatures are moderate, carbon dioxide concentrations are around 200 ppm or higher, and ground water is plentiful." - Victor Ganata
"C3 plants lose 97% of the water taken up through their roots to transpiration." - Victor Ganata
Science, y'all. - Michael W. May from Android
"C3 plants cannot grow in hot areas because RuBisCO incorporates more oxygen into RuBP as temperatures increase. This leads to photorespiration, which leads to a net loss of carbon and nitrogen from the plant and can, therefore, limit growth. In dry areas, C3 plants shut their stomata to reduce water loss, but this stops CO2 from entering the leaves and, therefore, reduces the concentration of CO2 in the leaves. This lowers the CO2:O2 ratio and, therefore, also increases photorespiration." - Victor Ganata
“Between 1958 and 2011 (the last year for which scientists have complete data), the carbon dioxide concentration has increased from 316 parts per million to 390 ppm,” she said. “Our experiments showed that higher carbon dioxide compensated for reductions in growth of winter wheat due to drought. Wheat that grew under elevated carbon dioxide (2.4 times ambient) and drought yielded as... more... - Eric Logan
Increase in forest water-use efficiency as atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations rise. http://www.nature.com/nature... - Eric Logan
So 2.4x ambient would be 936 ppm? No matter how efficiently water is utilized, there still needs to be water. - Victor Ganata
Obviously and a lot less warming then predicted. - Eric Logan
So basically, we'll have to do all our agriculture in biodomes. - Victor Ganata
That's a thousand miles of biodomes. - Todd Hoff
I love it when y'all talk my kind of talk. Sexy. - Hookuh Tinypants
Brent Schaus
Holy shit. Norm MacDonald is tweeting the history of Quebec separatism. I don't think there's a punchline, either o_O https://twitter.com/normmac...
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@normmacdonald - Brent Schaus
"A letter is sent directly from Pierre Laporte to his good friend, the Premier of Quebec, Robert Bourassa." - Brent Schaus
"It is written in French but I will translate it." - Brent Schaus
"Until the morning of Monday the fifth of October, in the Year of our Lord Nineteen and Seventy." - Brent Schaus
"That's when the whole damn thing started crashing down on me and everybody I knew." - Brent Schaus
Had to look up "FLQ crisis". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Spidra Webster
It looms largely in our psyche. It happened a few months before I was born, and in any Canadian retrospective of that year the FLQ crisis dominates. I mean, the War Measures Act! - Brent Schaus
One prominent Scot in Montreal, for whom I worked and piped from time to time, had been Pierre Laporte's business partner. It affected him very deeply, having to put members of his own family in hiding. I piped for him at several functions where he was the guest speaker, and he constantly preached the need for ongoing vigilance. For him, the FLQ never left, never rested. - Brent Schaus
Guess he's bored tonight. - Micah
I wonder: something seems to have triggered it. He lived in Quebec City at the time (apparently, he was seven), and it sounds like his family were affected somehow. - Brent Schaus
Oof, and now the present-day separatists are chiming in on his twitter feed. Did Norm just troll Quebec sovereigntists? - Brent Schaus
He's at it again, tonight: "At 4 A.M. today the government decided to proclaim The War Measures Act." - Brent Schaus
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