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Comment: The 1920's Radio Network (Score 1) 361

by tmjva (#49702341) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?

Public Radio has dedicated some stations to Big Band Era calling it The 1920's Radio Network. (It also contains Big Band era.)

I think it is the only place you'll hear Satchmo and Ella on the airwaves anymore. I never realized Satchmo sang Swanee until I heard it with mine own ears.

First time I heard Rosie the Riveter Song too. Sorry to hear the poster model died the other week.

And if it matters to the question at hand, I'm in my late fifties. (Note how good my grammar and spelling are.)

Comment: Just Wait Until Judgement Day (Score 1) 152

by tmjva (#49691851) Attached to: How Responsible Are App Developers For Decisions Their Users Make?

The contract developer writes the app that drives the doomsday device. He hands it over to his government, which in turn uses the app and destroys the world.

So, on judgement day who gets thrown into hell first? The developer or the head of state that pushed the "Accept" button on the app?

(Which was no doubt, followed by the "Are you sure?" button.)

I guess that's why they call it the "kill chain" these days. From forward observer back to Pentagon down to shooter they are all ubiquitously linked.

Comment: Re:Snake River? (Score 1) 678

by tmjva (#49520943) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

Then perhaps I misheard.

I recall being told there was apparently "some" major river that flowed Southward from North, East California that isn't there anymore. I remember a professor showing us his aerial photo slides taken from a small plane following the extinct riverbed in his attempts to prove it.

Of course this wan the days before major releases of unclas Satellite Imagery. Who knows where his theory went.

Comment: Snake River? (Score 1) 678

by tmjva (#49511991) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

Sometime back in my Geomorphology class back in the early 1980's I either read of the professor said there was a theory the Snake River wound its way down the backside of the Sierra Mountains and down to Baja and joined up with the Colorado River. The change came after one of those massive Northwestern volcanic eruptions. So it doesn't seem so far fetched.

So by that reckoning, any pipe doesn't have to be built the whole way. Just over that portion where it got shunted to the Columbia River back to its old course.

At late middle age, my memory could be faulty also. Or the theory may have been disproven by now.

Comment: We are All Standing on a Big Pile (Score 1) 64

by tmjva (#49511851) Attached to: If Earth Never Had Life, Continents Would Be Smaller

I guessing there must but a segment of the Geosciences academia are all playing a joke on us to simply prove we are all standing on piles of all of life's shit.

The joke is even better because someone in academia is going to get their Doctorate and full tenure and never have to work a day in their life again.

Comment: Re:Realistic?? (Score 1) 150

You beat me to this.

The idea of "realism" in fiction, especially science-fiction/fantasy genres is truly odd. Although their saving grace is comparing to whether it is like a movie or not.

(Historical fiction not so much, except when they make up major events that never happened. Invented love interest however is always a given that can be lived with.)

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