1. One quarter of DC's snow plows are out of commission.

    09 February 2010

    The reasons for DC's generally poor response to Snowpocalypse II and III may have been discovered. WTOP News got hold of a leaked e-mail that seems to describe some of the things going on behind the curtain. Among the stuff going on that we didn't know about is the fact that approximately 25% of Washington, DC's snow plows are in the shop and they can't get enough parts to fix them all. The e-mail says that they're triaging the trucks to stretch the parts and vehicularr consumables they've got; they're working on getting hold of alternative snow clearing equipment (including …

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  2. ...another ten to twenty inches???

    09 February 2010

    If you haven't heard by now, the National Weather Service has predicted another blizzard headed for the DC metroplex, this time with up to twenty inches of snow in store for us. Yesterday afternoon the federal government called another code red, meaning that all non-essential personnel weren't supposed to drive in. Of course, in our infinite wisdom, Lyssa and I called up Hasufin (who owns a four wheel drive SUV) because we had to make a run to the supermarket to get a few things that we'd run out of (the stuff that spoils soon after you get it). Wholly …

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  3. Because I feel like a nerd tonight, how about some statistics?

    08 February 2010

    The top ten most often quoted people in my .plan file (myself excluded) as of 8 February 2010:

    • Lyssa (199 times)
    • Anonymous (114)
    • Hasufin (110 times)
    • Jason (49 times)
    • Pegritz (46 times)
    • Kyrin (41 times)
    • Unknown (34 times)
    • the.Silicon.Dragon (33 times)
    • The Ferrett (29 times)
    • Terrence McKenna (22 times)

    All quotes of multiple people have been collapsed into a single name based upon the number of times all of the names appeared. People appearing under more than one name had all of their quotes totalled up.

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  4. Snowpocalypse II pictures.

    07 February 2010

    Edited and uploaded at last (the power failure this morning notwithstanding), here are the first round of Snowpocalypse II pictures. While many of the people in our complex spent a good bit of last night and today digging out, we're still plowed in. Our complex is considered a side street, and the state of Virginia isn't going to clear the roads back here until sometime later this week (when more snow is predicted). Plus, a few brainiacs have decided to park right in the middle of some of the roads which have at most a single lane free, so no …

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  5. CIA contracting in the private sector?

    07 February 2010

    While it's probably common knowledge to everyone inside the beltway but me, I stumbled across a news article in the Politico that talks about CIA analysts hiring themselves out to the private sector as contractors who specialize in determining the veracity of what is said by people involved in corporate negotiations.

    Or in other words, truthsayers.

    While I'm only slightly joking with the Dune reference, the way it's described they're doing much the same thing, only without the aid of external devices or mind-altering compounds. Apparently, the Agency maintains a cadre' of operatives who are trained in reading overt and …

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