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Comment: Oklahoma, as an example (Score 2) 143

Oklahoma was a tall grass prairie 150 years ago, with very few trees. Now there is considerable forestation. Much of this is due to human activity (for example, tree seeds being spread through cattle poop when being driven to market). Should we cut them all down and plant grass?

So is this the new metric of large square footage, the way Libraries of Congress have become?

Comment: debate? (Score -1, Troll) 278

by Sooner Boomer (#47465197) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..

People who question the gospel of global warming are called "deniers" to try and shut down any debate. I'm calling them out as "demanders"; that is, whether or not there actually is any global warming, they DEMAND that there be. Possibly an extension of liberal guilt, since most global warming claims come loudest from the left.

Comment: F-4 Phantom jet... (Score 1) 151

by Sooner Boomer (#46970525) Attached to: U.S. Passenger Jet Nearly Collided With Drone In March
Yeah, I know, replying to my own post...

Another article: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/09/...

"The pilot reported that the small unmanned aircraft involved looked similar to an F-4 Phantom jet, and not like a helicopter that might hold a camera that many associate more closely with drones. Such planes have gas turbine engines and can fly higher than an average drone, according to the FAA. Neither the drone in this case, nor its pilot, have been identified.

Why does the media insist in calling everything from model airplanes to 747's "drones". I think they're the real (mental) drones...

Comment: Model fighter jet... (Score 2) 151

by Sooner Boomer (#46970495) Attached to: U.S. Passenger Jet Nearly Collided With Drone In March

From: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/... - "The pilot said it appeared the drone was a high-end model built to look like a fighter jet and powered with a small turbine engine, according to the FAA. Such model planes are capable of reaching higher altitudes than drone copters and may cost thousands of dollars. "

Comment: Re:paper...pencil (Score 2) 170

by Sooner Boomer (#46801143) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

My notebooks weren't always spiral bound, sometimes they were the kind with the bound backing (I bought several of whatever was cheapest at the beginning of each semester). When whatever form they were, got full, they went into a 3-ring binder (including the covers which have beginning-ending dates, phone numbers, and other important info). Almost all of these (college ruled) notebooks are also pre-punched, so I just carefully remove the pages.

I started using expensive refillable mechanical pencils. After they were dropped (once!) and broken, I went with either cheap mechanical pencils, or the old fashioned wooden ones (which no one seemed to steal!). I need the ability to correct things, ink is not practical (except for some drawings where I use lots of colored pens to keep functions seperate)

Comment: Re:paper...pencil (Score 1) 170

by Sooner Boomer (#46801061) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

The automated search thing uses the wiggly bits at the end of your hands and the lookey bits on either side of your nose. Sorry, not trying to be snide, but the things I'm usually searching for 1) were written by me, so when I get close to the proper page, my memory kicks in and I usually remember where stuff is*, and 2), I'm usually not searching for an individual search term. If something is unique, I can usually get close enough to find it by flicking through a few pages. Weekly/monthly/quarterly reports also help narrow time frame.

  *this is a kind of a Fourier Transform, where the "when" (time function), turns into a "where" (spatial location) in the series of note pages.

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