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  • The Mac market just gets bigger and bigger

    01/29/2015 11:28:36 AM PST · 167 of 168
    fireman15 to circlecity

    I am sorry that it is difficult to figure out how not to take that IOS update and get the space back. I would think that one of our local Apple experts could shed some light on the subject. Android and Microsoft have similar issues, but I know how to disable these from being downloaded.

    I have no experience with Apple products since the very early Macs... I purchased a flatbed scanner which came with Photoshop 2.5 in 1993. At that time digital cameras still had very limited resolution and were very expensive. My best friend purchased a similar package for his Mac. He was quite sure that since Photoshop was originally for Macs only... that his system would be superior to mine for photo-editing. After spending considerable time with each system even he had to admit that my system was far more capable than his. We went through similar iterations when we got into video editing.

    I do not like being forced into “rooting” Android devices with the connotation that we are doing something wrong that may void our warranties. The fact that Apple is even more restrictive about letting users control the nuts and bolts of their system is a great turn off for me. It reminds me a lot of strong central government control. The feel the first Macintosh TV ad ”Why 1984 Won’t Be Like 1984” was one of the misleading commercials of all time. You can watch it on YouTube. Apple has always maintained strict central control of its product lines.

  • The Mac market just gets bigger and bigger

    01/29/2015 10:06:05 AM PST · 164 of 168
    fireman15 to circlecity
    Nonsense. Had I been warned as to the result of upgrading the OS I wouldn't have done it and “Moore's Law” would not have effected me at all.

    After I use recovery discs or a recovery partition to get a computer back to its original configuration the very first thing I do before going online with it... is turn off all auto-updating. Then I go through and remove all of the bloatware that came installed by the manufacturer. In the good old days it was primarily users who were the ones responsible for installing crap that slowed down their machines... these days the manufacturers and software companies do it for us.

  • The Mac market just gets bigger and bigger

    01/29/2015 9:49:10 AM PST · 163 of 168
    fireman15 to palmer

    I probably should have proof read my long rambling post and got rid of about 75% of it. You summarized what I was trying to say very effectively with much fewer words. If your goal is to accomplish something productive the operating system is almost irrelevant much of the time.

    Various operating systems have personality traits which makes them distinct from the others. But to me they are still a lot like automobiles. Most of them are fairly dependable and in general get you where you want to go in approximately the same amount of time.

    I really only notice when something I am used to using is changed in an irritating way. For example, I believe it was when Android went from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich the way external storage was used got mucked up. I understand the reasons why this happened but years later it still takes a work-around in many applications to keep them from using up your internal storage space. Even if you have your Android device rooted it is still fairly complicated to repartition your internal storage space, which would be an easy fix for many devices.

    Last year I gave my dad a new Windows 8.1 laptop because his Windows XP laptop is starting to fall apart. I understand why Microsoft wanted to update the looks of Windows 8.1 but now when my elderly parents call for computer advice it is generally about something that was changed that was working fine to begin with. Before I gave the computer to him I made every effort to set it up so that it acted as much like his Windows XP laptop as possible. But there are still a few changes that were made that throw him off. He still ends up using his failing Windows XP laptop about half of the time because he is more comfortable with it.

    So I did it again and started ranting about off topic stuff... sorry.

  • The Mac market just gets bigger and bigger

    01/28/2015 11:47:28 PM PST · 133 of 168
    fireman15 to VanDeKoik

    I agree with everything that you said.

    I received my first Allied (Radio Shack) “solid state” electronics kit in 1970. My first computer was a TI99-4A. In college I got to play with terminals connected to a “main frame”. I also had a Timex Sinclair 1000, a Spectravideo, an Atari, several Tandys, a couple of Commodores and helped friends with their Apple IIs all before I put together my first XT compatible computer which used MSDOS. By that time I had given up on the family lumber mill business and gone back to school and got a job working as a computer lab assistant. So I am lucky because over the years I have gotten to work with a lot of digital equipment as it evolved from the first rudimentary digital IC kits up to the incredible equipment we have these days.

    However, I must admit that discussions on forums like this where people debate various operating systems tend to baffle me most of the time. Are people really Operating System Connoisseurs or is it just meaningless chatter? I have worked with dozens of Operating Systems over the years. I never have had any serious difficulties with any of them. In my opinion the importance of various operating systems is generally greatly exaggerated.

    I must admit that I do enjoy trying out different Operating Systems. For years I always had at least two or three Operating Systems on every computer that I owned. This is largely because a lot of times a new OS is not compatible with programs that I own. I could reboot into which ever one fit my needs at the time. Now even our tablets and phones have various emulators installed that mimic some of the various “nostalgic” computer systems that I used to use. We also now have various virtual machines installed on our PCs.

    I actually enjoy fooling around with different Operating Systems but I am the first to admit that from a practical standpoint most of the time they just don’t make that much difference from a practical standpoint. Some of the new changes introduced actually are useful, but a lot of the time the changes are more for advertising hype than productivity.

    For the record I never had any difficulties with Windows ME, or Vista. I have had difficulties with some of the irritating changes Microsoft has made to Office Applications over the years. It is fairly easy to get Windows 8.1 to behave like Windows 7. Just like it was fairly easy to get Windows 7 to work like Windows XP. And graduating from Windows 98 to Windows XP was no big deal either. I have to admit that I just don’t like most of the Linux productivity programs as much as I like the ones you can get for Windows. The way that Android Apps are constantly being updated can be irritating and all the Microsoft updates can also be annoying. However, most of the time it is possible to turn off auto-updating on everything.

    The most irritating thing to me is when Microsoft changes their Office Applications... it sometimes irritates the heck out of me. Maybe it is because when I am actually trying to do something productive I don’t feel like fighting with the program. For instance why in the world did Microsoft make it difficult to change the line spacing options in Word and Publisher a few years ago? While graduating from the first versions of Photoshop over the past 20 years I don’t remember finding irritating changes that were time consuming to figure out. The same is true of audio and video editing programs.

    So while it is fun to debate the merits of various Operating Systems... to me their differences seem trivial most of the time. As long as they can support the programs that I am using without trouble I usually don’t care that much about the OS.

    Sorry for the long rambling post.

  • The Mac market just gets bigger and bigger

    01/28/2015 11:19:05 AM PST · 33 of 168
    fireman15 to Star Traveler

    Since the primary reason for any corporation to exist is to make money for its shareholders... it seems quite obvious what ever Apple is doing is working. It must be a very good idea for them to spend over a billion dollars every year on marketing.

    Now don’t get me wrong I love gizmos as much or more than almost anyone else you can think of. But to me it seems quite incredible that the most profitable company in the history of the world is making all of this money churning out gizmos that lets face it most people use more for wiling away countless hours rather than doing something productive. I am as guilty as anyone here for that. I would speculate that only a wide spread addiction to unproductive behaviors could cause so many people to part with so much money.

    With that in mind... Apple may also be doing more for world peace than any country in the history of the world also. Even terrorists are probably sitting around wasting time on their apple devices rather than engaging in productive terrorist activities. I mean seriously, most terrorists would probably rather sit around tapping on the screens of their iPhones these days than actually blowing themselves up.

  • To beat the iPhone, you have to beat the iPhone’s camera

    01/28/2015 10:15:22 AM PST · 95 of 95
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Sorry for all of the typos... I should have proof read.

  • To beat the iPhone, you have to beat the iPhone’s camera

    01/28/2015 10:11:25 AM PST · 94 of 95
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    As you may remember from our previous discussions I have never owned an iPhone, but I have learned a lot about them from your frequent comments to others on these threads. It may not be pleasant for you, but the confrontational nature of many of the discussions makes the subject more enjoyable to read. If your goal is to educate people about Apple products who normally wouldn’t be interested... I believe you actually are succeeding with many of us. I hope that you won’t mind this somewhat rambling post.

    I have an interest in 3-D photography and have a dedicated Fuji 3-D camera, a pair of Canons that use software known as SDM (Stereo Data Maker), and also an EVO 3D cell phone with a 3D Camera. I also take 3-D pictures of “static” scenes using a DSLR type camera by taking one exposure then shifting the camera sideways and taking another exposure and using software to get the two photos adjusted to work well as a 3-D pair.

    Surprisingly, I have gotten some really good 3-D pairs with the EVO 3D cell phone for the reason you stated in one of your posts, “The best camera is the one you have with you.” The EVO 3D was released in 2011... for its time the EVO 3D had a surprisingly good camera; it is still superior to almost all of the cheap 3-D cameras that are currently found on Amazon and eBay.

    The other point that you might make in future discussions is that in most situations... lighting is often a more important element in a good exposure than the equipment used. Good lighting is far more complex than most people realize and is more often the result of proper planning than dumb luck.

    In 2014 Google released an update to their camera app that was intended to mimic the narrow field of focus that can normally is difficult achieved without a large sensor. It works by prompting you to slowly move the camera after you first take your exposure. From this movement the app creates a “depth map” which the software can use to blur the parts of the picture that are either nearer or closer to the subject that the subject the photographer wants to direct the viewers attention on.

    Masuji SUTO, AKA Muttyan is the Japanese prodigy who has released and is constantly upgrading Stereo Photo Maker, the most important 3-D software package currently available. He immediately recognized that the depth map incorporated into the new Google Camera App could also be used to create 3-D images. He released an update to Stereo Photo Maker shortly after the Camera App was released which allows anyone taking pictures with the Google Camera App to easily convert them to impressive 3-D stereo pairs.

    I should mention that the best way my wife and I have to view 3-D photos is on our 3-D television, but in December Google released an App platform called Google Cardboard. This app uses an inexpensive (around $10 for the ones we bought) cardboard mount for your Android cell phone which has a couple of powerful magnifying lenses, you strap it on your head and it creates a Virtual Reality experience. As your head around the motion sensors in the phone change your view. Some of the Apps are very fun; we especially like the roller coaster apps, but it also turns a phone with a high resolution display into a great 3-D photo or movie viewer. Because of the magnification... it actually it actually makes very good use of phones with very high resolution displays.

    There are actually are 3-D apps for iPhones. I even bought a Hasbro viewer designed for an iPhone that I adapted for my Android devices. None of the iPhone 3-D photography Apps that I am currently aware of can compare to the Google Camera App when using depth map integration with Stereo Photo Maker. If Apple finds a way to incorporate a depth map into their camera app I think that a lot of 3-D photo enthusiasts would take a serious look at the iPhone.

    Thanks for reading my long post.

  • Obama speech in India: On him being Muslim, “as if that were somehow a bad thing”

    01/28/2015 8:49:12 AM PST · 22 of 34
    fireman15 to HomerBohn

    I am very glad to see Pamela Geller’s web site is currently up. It has been the target of frequent denial of service attacks with the obvious intent to keep her views from reaching the rest of us. Opposing Islam is a tough, dirty and dangerous business but she keeps fighting on.

  • Apple announces Q1 2015 results: 74.5 million iPhones, 21.4 million iPads, 5.5 million Macs sold

    01/27/2015 9:21:31 PM PST · 57 of 61
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    Hi Swordmaker, thank you for the advice. All of our devices even the watch have been purchased on eBay and have not really lost much value. We have probably spent $100 on Android Apps over the years, but we can still use those on our tablets if we chose to switch phones. So it would be possible for us try an iPhone without losing a lot.

    We generally wait until a new generation of a device has been released before we buy a used device from the previous generation. So we would not be purchasing an iPhone 6 until sometime after the 7 was introduced and the price dropped.

    As far as photography and videography... I remember a couple years back a friend of mine used his iPhone 4 to take video of his snowmobile adventures. Then he switched to a GoPro camera and he felt that the GoPro videos were superior. I was not sure about the convenience of using either, but in my opinion the iPhone videos were better.

    On the other hand I know that iPhones have very good sensors but they are still much smaller than those found in most dslr cameras and so have a much smaller amount of light available to convert into images. I also have made a considerable investment in high quality interchangeable lenses and also lighting equipment most of which could probably not be used with an iPhone.

    Thank you again for sharing your advice.

  • Apple announces Q1 2015 results: 74.5 million iPhones, 21.4 million iPads, 5.5 million Macs sold

    01/27/2015 8:49:48 PM PST · 56 of 61
    fireman15 to tcrlaf

    Thanks, that is interesting and makes good sense. We try to be careful about the apps we have installed that use data on Samsung S3’s we use on Ting when we are out and about as well. We have managed to keep our data usage at the lowest tier on Ting most of the time.

    On Freedompop our first GigaByte comes in at 4G speeds after that they throttle our download speeds down to around 1 Mbps, but the latency and upload speeds are still pretty good so it isn’t very noticeable unless you are trying to watch an HD movie or something very data intensive.

  • Apple announces Q1 2015 results: 74.5 million iPhones, 21.4 million iPads, 5.5 million Macs sold

    01/27/2015 8:20:41 PM PST · 53 of 61
    fireman15 to Swordmaker

    Hi Swordmaker, I have appreciated your knowledge of Apple products in previous discussions. We are retired and unsure that we could justify the expense of even a used iPhone at this time. But we are very curious. 18 Billion dollars in profit indicates that Apple must be doing something right. We would appreciate your insight. Here is our current situation:

    My wife and I have two Samsung S3 phones on Ting. We paid about $100 a piece for them on eBay... both of them look like new. Ting charges $6 a month for every handset on your account... then they charge you for your usage of minutes, texts and data. There is no contract and when we signed up... no activation fees... I am not sure if that is still the case. Our Ting account averages about $30 a month for both phones.

    We also have a Samsung S3 on Freedompop which costs $20 a month for unlimited everything. We use it for listening to Pandora in the car and as a wireless hotspot for our tablets and laptops when we are traveling. Freedompop uses VOIP for voice calls so the call quality is unpredictable. This is why we usually use Ting for voice calls unless we are in town. Freedompop works fine for texting.

    Both Freedompop and Ting currently support up to the iPhone 5 cell phones that have been previously activated on the Sprint Network. A decent looking and working used Sprint iPhone 5 is currently around $200 or more on eBay. We have rooted all of our Samsung S3 Phones and all of them can be used as wireless hotspots for no extra charges and without violating TOS agreements. Can you do that with your iPhone?

    The S3 phones have decent cameras, but I am a bit of a photography enthusiast so I almost always use my much more capable DSLR and Fuji 3D camera.

    We have a lot of apps that we have purchased or gotten for free over the years from the Play store and the Amazon App Store that we are very familiar with. For Christmas I received a used Samsung “smart watch” which interfaces with the S3. I didn’t want to hurt my wife’s feelings, but I thought it was stupid to begin with, but the thing is incredible and I wear it literally 24 hours a day, because it even keeps track of how long I sleep, along with so many other features that I don’t even want to waste everyone’s time trying to list them all.

    I really would like to know from you or any of the other iPhone aficionados what your phones do that makes them so much valuable than our little Samsung S3 phones? This is a sincere request. I hope that it is not too far outside the parameters of the original discussion. It might help a lot of us who are not Apple users understand why it is that Apple is doing so well.

  • Obama Says Homosexuality Is A ‘Lifestyle Choice’

    01/27/2015 10:53:24 AM PST · 20 of 35
    fireman15 to tonyome

    Even a pathological liar speaks the truth by every once in a while. He also said that when push came to shove he would side with the Muslims. He said that his policies designed to kill the coal industry would necessarily cause the price of electricity to “sky rocket”. Not to mention he promised to “fundamentally change” the United States... I think setting us on the course to almost certain destruction is apparently what he meant.

  • The Temperature at Which Global Warming Freezes

    01/27/2015 10:21:26 AM PST · 6 of 10
    fireman15 to Sean_Anthony

    Satellite data demonstrates clearly that “globe” has not warmed in 18 years and 3 months. They were forced to change the name of their new religion from Anthropogenic Global Warming to Climate Change and they started claiming that although the world hasn’t been getting any warmer; we are having more major storms. Hurricane Katrina was supposed to be the proof of this. Strangely, since that time the world has experienced less extreme storms, less tornadoes, less hurricanes, and less extreme weather world wide. The question is what are they going to call their new religion now?

    The essential elements of the new religion are the following: nature is good, people are bad, all people except the leftist elite must live in poverty as their punishment, and all confiscated funds and resources must go to the world government to be redistributed by them. And most importantly all power, planning and decision making must be made by the global elite. This is the only way that the world can ever become a socialist Utopia.

  • There Is Basically No Snow In New York — But, Absurdly, The Entire City Is Shut Down

    01/27/2015 8:58:17 AM PST · 42 of 86
    fireman15 to Awgie

    To be fair, sometime after the next iceage ends what ever is left of humankind likely will experience sustained and catastrophic global warming. As the 1 mile thick glacier covering the ruins of what had once been New York City melts it will probably pulverize everything that is left.

  • There Is Basically No Snow In New York — But, Absurdly, The Entire City Is Shut Down

    01/27/2015 8:47:10 AM PST · 29 of 86
    fireman15 to Jewbacca

    I you sure that you are not referring to anthromoronic global warming?

  • Is the world reliving Churchill’s history of the run-up to WWII? 12 passages suggest we might be.

    01/27/2015 8:19:10 AM PST · 5 of 26
    fireman15 to fredericbastiat1

    That is a very interesting read. There are definitely parallels. Our demise is actually much more predictable because there is not an easily identifiable wild card like Hitler. Instead we have demographic data that although it is constantly changing... still points where we are headed. It is not pretty and shows no likely reversals.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/27/2015 8:01:54 AM PST · 111 of 111
    fireman15 to HotHunt

    There is one phrase that I have now heard repeated on basically every network, “better safe than sorry”. On CNN they are now showing a location in Boston where the terrain makes it look like there has been a lot of snow, but you can see that there is very little on the tops of picnic tables and boats in the background.

    They are still calling it a “monster blizzard” that just didn’t hit where we thought. They are saying that there has been “predictable moaning and groaning” that Governor De Blasio over reacted.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/27/2015 7:53:09 AM PST · 110 of 111
    fireman15 to HotHunt

    I just surfed through the news channels to see how they were walking this thing back. They are showing pre-recorded video from places where they were actually getting heavy snow at some point this morning intermixed with computer generated video of show.

    They keep trying to claim that New York City has got 6” of snow... but they obviously do not have that much on the ground where the reporters are at.

    One would think there would be talk about these multi-state “travel bans” and where they are still in effect and whether it was good idea to restrict people’s movement because of a storm threat that largely did not materialize. It does seem like there are some direct parallels with the global warming scam. You would thing that despite rising CO2 levels... after 18 years and 3 months of satellite data showing no statistically significant warming, a pause that not one of the warmist models predicted that this would shake the faith of even some of the true believers.

  • The Smartest Person Who Ever Lived

    01/26/2015 11:41:46 PM PST · 118 of 155
    fireman15 to SeekAndFind

    This was a very interesting article and the author makes a strong argument for Isaac Newton. I think that it is very likely that the smartest person whoever lived is / was not even well known to the public. Brilliance is no guarantee of great success. Even Nikola Tesla who did a lot more than just pioneer our entire modern electric grid very nearly died in his youth. His inventions and might have never been developed without the proper economic conditions and a lot of luck. If he had been born 25 years earlier it is likely that his inventions likely would not have come to fruition. He could very well have died a penniless old eccentric... oh that is right he did.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 10:36:07 PM PST · 106 of 111
    fireman15 to fireman15

    The CNN reporter has actually been using a cell phone on one of those selfie sticks!

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 10:34:05 PM PST · 105 of 111
    fireman15 to Steve_Seattle

    Just tuned into CNN and they keep playing recorded video from earlier when it was still snowing. Now we are live and the reporter isn’t even bothering to wear a hat although he just fell down the stairs while he was trying to take a news selfie into the deserted subway system!!! And now he has his camera upside down!

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 10:28:59 PM PST · 104 of 111
    fireman15 to Steve_Seattle

    Well a British accent sometimes does make BS sound less buffoonish.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 10:08:41 PM PST · 101 of 111
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Oh my, the snow/rain line is getting close to coast and this could produce THUNDER SNOW! It looks like New York might not get much more snow but, but, but it could easily get 6 to 12 inches. Thank God they shut down the subways! But Boston might still get a lot of snow... but “ya can’t really predict snowfall accurately.” We need to be “forgiving” to forecasters however.

    Now Shep is explaining how this is like a Snowrricane.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 10:01:48 PM PST · 100 of 111
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Shep is back on and he says its going to really crank up sometime in the next few hours! It is going to be bad! Bad Bad! Of course Megyn Kelly said that she is still planning on making it into work in the morning.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:44:31 PM PST · 97 of 111
    fireman15 to re_nortex

    Keep the great pictures coming! I love them.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:43:36 PM PST · 96 of 111
    fireman15 to fireman15

    It finally is looking a little windy on Long Island the CNN information ribbon showed it was just gusting up to 25mph.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:40:00 PM PST · 95 of 111
    fireman15 to 5th MEB

    We live close to the foothills. The has wind knocked our power out half a dozen times in the last two months. I am very happy that the price of gas has gone down. Some years we have spent a lot on gas. We are usually the first to go out and the last to be reconnected. I have a good set-up though; it takes only a couple of minutes to run out and start the generator up and get everything going again. We have gas heat.

    My parents lost their biggest barn about ten years ago. They got about of foot of wet snow on it and some wind gusts ended up hitting it just right and blowing it over. Fortunately, they were just using it for storage and no animals or people were injured.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:33:19 PM PST · 93 of 111
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Ok the CNN gal just had to chase some guys off who were trying to have a snow ball fight behind her by scraping up the little bit of snow they could get off the sidewalk with no gloves or hats.

    Live from New York, the “BlizzardMobile” reports that the snow is falling almost as fast as it was a few hours ago. But the fresh snow is reducing the slushiness on the road.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:26:22 PM PST · 90 of 111
    fireman15 to re_nortex

    I love the locomotive picture! At first I was truly concerned about the storm because we have some relatives who are back east for a military event. Now it has turned into a big non-event and as you say CNN and MSNBC are absolutely comedic.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:21:39 PM PST · 89 of 111
    fireman15 to eyedigress
    I expect Providence and Narragansett to get a good storm.

    I would think so also... it just hasn't got there yet... the worst is yet to come!

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:19:45 PM PST · 88 of 111
    fireman15 to re_nortex

    It appears that FOX has mostly scrubbed the coverage of the “blizzard” at this point and gone back to their normal pre-recorded shows. If you want to laugh at the breathless coverage you currently have got to go to sources you would normally not consider watching.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:14:50 PM PST · 86 of 111
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Back to CNN. I am starting to suspect at least some of what appears to be snow on the reporters is actually fake snow. There is almost no snow that can be seen falling in the video feed... there is basically no snow on the sidewalks around them... yet the reporters have snow flakes on them. I guess it must be a really cold 29F there.

    In Connecticut they say that the snow is coming down at about 4 inches per hour, but somehow there is only about an inch on the ground. I guess this storm started just 15 minutes ago in Connecticut.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:08:03 PM PST · 81 of 111
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Now they are saying that the tremendous wind is up to around 12mph which is making 27F feel like 12F... but the worst is still yet to come. A lot of people are using this opportunity to go out and snap some “really cool” pictures.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 9:02:59 PM PST · 80 of 111
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    OK, now MSNBC is saying that it is “not really about how much snow is falling” but the wind has now brought the visibility down to around a mile in a few spots. It is the wind that is important.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:59:26 PM PST · 78 of 111
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    It seems like only MSNBC is really sticking with the narrative; they say the “blizzard” is “intensifying”. Now they are showing Leo, the poodle who is out because his owner says its normally to crowded to walk Leo up to Time’s Square in the middle of the night. Poor Leo is having to brave a quarter inch of snow on the sidewalk.

  • Man sues Walmart over gas can explosion (Darwin award)

    01/26/2015 8:53:47 PM PST · 4 of 56
    fireman15 to aimhigh

    He was pouring gasoline on a fire directly from the can. You are right... Darwin Award!

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:48:31 PM PST · 73 of 111
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    Apparently there are some types of travel bans in effect in several states. I have never heard of this before. They must be laughing their butts off at New York up in Canada and Alaska.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:42:06 PM PST · 70 of 111
    fireman15 to re_nortex

    I just went over to see what the coverage on MSNBC was looking like. They were showing Time Square which currently has bare sidewalks, but they said at least a bunch of kids will be waking up happy tomorrow since all of the schools are closed.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:37:17 PM PST · 66 of 111
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    Oh man! It is worse than I thought, Brook in Boston just scraped a grate with her finger and it looks like they had about half an inch of show with worsening conditions. But they think that somewhere in Massachusetts a few dozen people might have lost their power. But breaking news in New York... they have only an inch or two where they are standing, but they have heard that somewhere there might already be snow drifts up to six inches thick! It is looking bad. I am going to check coverage on the other networks now.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:31:37 PM PST · 61 of 111
    fireman15 to eyedigress
    The Communist mayor of NY screwed up shutting down the subway. He also has no right to shut down the roads.

    It sounds like a training exercise for Obama to build on. Maybe he should have declared martial law also? There still is no "blizzard" in New York... the roads are probably clear almost everywhere. The "BlizzardMobile is reporting worsening conditions in New Jersey but the windshield has got rain hitting it. OK now he is standing out of the vehicle and it is not snowing on him... but he said that the snow is coming down so fast that the plows can't keep up with it.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:19:48 PM PST · 50 of 111
    fireman15 to smoothsailing

    OK, they are out of the BlizzardMObile now and there is a little snow falling. They report that there are people in Boston still out running around despite the “blizzard” warnings. The fools... don’t they realize that the time is running short. Now onto Rhode Island, they are showing a pile of snow that a snow plow was able to scrape off the road.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:15:55 PM PST · 46 of 111
    fireman15 to KeyLargo

    Thank you so much the pictures are absolutely hysterical!

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:13:51 PM PST · 45 of 111
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    CNN is reporting in New York from their “Live BlizzardMobile” It is not snowing currently and the roads are clear, but they are promising the big blizzard will be showing up in about 45 minutes. I am going to try and make some popcorn so I can watch the breathless coverage without interruption when the real show starts.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 8:10:05 PM PST · 41 of 111
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    On Cavuto they just said that the Administration is concentrating on Climate Change and the “historic blizzard”. Does that seem slightly contradictory to anyone else?

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 7:59:28 PM PST · 35 of 111
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    Well if it doesn’t hit most of New York... will all of the people who have now said the “super blizzard” was being caused by global warming have to say that it missed New York because of Global Warming? Because that might seem like a good thing to a lot of folks.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 7:54:50 PM PST · 29 of 111
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    That is kind of what it looked like to me also.

  • Sheppy Smith is now a meteorologist

    01/26/2015 7:50:56 PM PST · 24 of 111
    fireman15 to eyedigress

    This is starting to look like a giant fizzle. The FOX radar keeps making it look like the storm is moving North up the coast toward Canada without really moving inland. The bulk of the snow might not be any more serious than normal in New York. It looks like all of those storm predicting super computers might have missed a developing high pressure area.

  • Don’t Run, Mitt. Don’t Run

    01/26/2015 7:18:04 PM PST · 48 of 50
    fireman15 to ansel12

    Go in peace brother; we are on the same side! Keep up the good work. I love you!

  • Don’t Run, Mitt. Don’t Run

    01/26/2015 6:58:23 PM PST · 46 of 50
    fireman15 to ansel12

    “Mitt Romney, you’re an honorable and accomplished man. You would have been a good president and infinitely better than Obama as a steward of the economy and national security. But, Mitt, we need to talk. You don’t get it.”

    Those are not my words... they are the first three sentences of the article that we have been discussing. Which is roughly what I mimicked in my initial post only not as strongly. You have been trying to force me into defending Mr. Romney from your first post which I have not done because I AM NOT A ROMNEY SUPPORTER.

    Your only goal here appears to be to torment me by mischaracterizing virtually everything that I have said and making false accusations... and we are on the same side! I am starting to think that there really is something wrong with you! This is some sort of surreal discussion! As a person who assessed persons with mental and physical emergencies for nearly 25 years... I TRULY am concerned this evening about your mental and physical well being. I am comforted only by your history of similar posts to others.

  • Don’t Run, Mitt. Don’t Run

    01/26/2015 6:32:07 PM PST · 43 of 50
    fireman15 to ansel12

    Ansel12, I would encourage everyone, especially the moderators to review your posting history. In addition to frequent inflammatory comments it has been very typical for you to mischaracterize other people’s comments by quoting them out of context.

    One needs to go no further than this thread to see an example of that. In my initial post I stated quite clearly about Mitt Romney, “his recent statements make him look like either a gullible idiot or someone who panders to the liberal agenda.” I also said that I did not feel that he was a decisive leader and was not what the country needed. Yet you continue to quote me completely out of context and characterize my initial post as some sort defense of Mr. Romney. With your false characterization you have even managed to convince several others that I am some sort of Romney supporter.

    I have told you that I come into contact with politicians on a regular basis during efforts to gain support and raise money for the USO and other charities that help veterans. Even my thirteen year old grandson easily understands that when speaking with people on the other end of the political spectrum that it is much more productive in these efforts to approach them in a way that indicates that we have some common ground and that I am not on the attack.

    I made it quite clear in my initial post that I did not want Mitt Romney to run for president again and why. I also made it very clear that I am not a supporter. There is however a slight chance that there may be people who will read the post who are supporters. They are the ones I feel actually need to be reached. I wished for them to read beyond the first sentence so I started with a statement that didn’t really say anything but was somewhat conciliatory in tone so that they might sense that I am not their enemy and would make an effort to understand the reasons that I do not support Romney.

    By mischaracterizing my post, you have actually managed to convince several others here that I am currently some sort of Romney supporter. That is certainly not true and I believe that you are intelligent enough to understand that your efforts in this thread have been very disingenuous and misleading.