Saturday, February 2, 2019

2019 Winterfest On-Line Season 3 Round Robin       

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A new chapter will be added each day of Winterfest.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Watch this spot for links to the Winterfest On-Line Season 3 Round Robin. In the meantime, come knock on the door:

Sunday, August 20, 2017

OK, I know I said that I don’t like to get political,  but this is something I’ve been thinking about for some time now; and I just had to say it. My posts here are usually pretty few and far between, but I recently read an article that really made me think. I don’t even know who wrote it, but it was posted on one of my friend’s FB page.
To tell the truth I’d never heard the phrase “White Nationalism” until Charlottesville. Maybe I’ve been under a rock… I will admit that I haven’t been watching the news much lately because all it does is make me angry.
So I looked up White Nationalism and I found a pretty good definition on Wikipedia:

White Nationalism is a type of nationalism which holds the belief that white people are a superior race and seeks to develop and maintain a white national identity. Its proponents identify with and are attached to the concept of a white nation. White nationalists say they seek to ensure the survival of the white race and the cultures of historically white states. They hold that white people should maintain their majority in majority-white countries, maintain their political and economic dominance and that their cultures should be foremost. Many white nationalists believe that miscegenationmulticulturalismimmigration of nonwhites and low birth rates among whites are threatening the white race, and some argue that it amounts to white genocide.

First of all, I wish everyone would take one of those DNA tests that Ancestry, 23 and Me and several other companies are offering. It just might open some eyes. I’m still impatiently waiting for the results on mine.
I know a little about my ancestry. On my mom’s side, her mom was Cherokee, Scots/Irish and English. Her dad was Welsh, English and Gypsy/Greek. On my Dad’s side, his mom’s family was German/Polish (probably Jews)  and his Dad’s was mostly French. It will be interesting if the Ancestry DNA test backs any of that up.
What I don’t understand is how American White Nationalists can be against immigration. Unless you are 100% Native American (or First Nations in Canada) you come from immigrant stock. Almost all of our ancestors were immigrants. And if you are Native American, then you aren’t White.
Personally, I adhere to the idea that we are all one race; the Human Race, and that we just happen to come in different colors, shapes and sizes, kinda like socks.
I’m not looking to insult anyone. I don’t care what culture you celebrate. As the article I read said, you can go to German fests, or Greek fests, or Polish fests or Chinese fests or Mexican fests, or African fests or what ever festival you choose; wherever you feel you fit. And I enjoy going to all of those too; each has its own food, music, and culture to celebrate. And when I go to one of them, I learn something new, every time. 
But what are you going to put forward at a White/Caucasian Fest?
Most of our food is based on the food from other countries. Can you name one completely White American food?
Most of our music has roots in other cultures. I can’t think of one that is purely White American.
Values? Most human values are just that: Human Values. Most everyone wants the same basic things out of life. If you cite Christian Values, that won’t get it, because if you look at most other religions, non-Christian religions held by non-white and white alike, even Pagan religions, they pretty much espouse the same basic values.

So if someone can tell me what White Culture or American White Culture is, please do. I’d love to know.  

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Links to Second Chances:



link to the next part of the story at the bottom of each segment. 

I'm going to try to post at least one other fanfiction here before the end of Winterfest, so check back between now and February 21st. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Check back here starting Saturday, February 13, 2016 for links to my 2016 Winterfest On-Line fanfiction. 

Links will also be provided on the Winterfest On-Line website starting on 2/13. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Blog Sites
BLOG: (according to the dictionary) a web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer. 

Or as one blogger put it: the thing your friend does that you know you could do better. A hobby for the new century, one way to use your freedom of speech, and your cat’s one shot at fame.

Some of this is from my own experience and the rest it stuff I’ve heard from friends and read.

Here are a couple How To’s I found interesting:  -  page on FB
If you want to visit any of the blog sites in the list below, just click on the name. is a free blog-hosting site. The general idea here is less maintenance for you, but less control of the blog. Get a .wordpress domain name like “” or pay to use your own domain name. sees 100,000 posts published each day. Write posts, try a free theme, set up social media buttons and learn blogging at

Blogger is Google’s free blog-hosting site. More popular at the turn of the millennium, Blogger still offers a great service but the designs are a bit elementary. Login and publish your first post for free with only a Gmail account.

Tumblr is new compared to WordPress and a few others. They have received lots of sign-ups from users wanting a totally refreshing take on blogging, and have grown ever since. Tumblr was recently bought by Yahoo, who has interesting plans for the whole blog advertising thing. I just hope it doesn’t inherit some of Yahell’s issues.

Slightly more business focused. Get online quickly with a free trial, setup a cool design and start attracting clients – that’s the motto.

If you need a guide on how to use Google Plus click on the link in the middle of this sentence. Like most everything associated with Google, Google+ has a sense of humor. Fun features like the badge make getting followers easier. Google+ brings you instant community + audience = two things any blogger wants more of.

Alternative Communities

Hubpages started as an article network, the kind of place where you were rewarded for publishing lots of articles on any one topic like cooking, travel or home-improvement. Today, it boasts millions of informative articles and guides. However, a by-product of mass publishing is slightly lesser quality.

Joomla is an advanced CMS (content management system) used by developers to publish some of the websites we visit each day. Written in PHP (originally PHP stood for Personal Home Page, it now stands for PHP:Hypertext Preprocessor; it’s a server-side scripting language), it uses many of the same structures as a WordPress site does. Joomla is one of the web’s oldest and savviest places to run a blog or website, but it takes a bit more skill.

Recommended for: Blogging, journaling, writing a diary
Founded: April 15th, 1999
Founder: Brad Fitzpatrick
Total users: 39.6 million accounts, 1.7 million active accounts
Pros: friend others to read their entries and leave comments, avatars, user info pages, to-do lists
Cons: moved design to Russia in 2009, basic plan users see advertisements
Premium features: express lane for quicker load times, call from your phone to a LiveJoural number and post voice recording to your journal

Weebly has been around for a while (2006) and hosts 15 million websites. One reason for that is the simplicity. Drag and drop feature is foolproof, but there is less control for the user.

New Releases
Recommended for: On-the-go bloggers, note-taking
Founded: 2013
Founder: Evernote
Total users: 20,000
Pros: Supports popular comment plugin Disqus, lighter feel, easy to use.
Cons: Less customization
Costs: Free

Recommended for: Social media integrated blogging
Founded: 2013
Founder: Facebook Developers
Total users: Well, 1.1 billion already on Facebook…
Pros: Simple to share images, links and quotes – useful if you’ve got a large, Facebook-centric audience already.
Cons: Limited design and that blue Facebook-y feel we all want to get away from every now and then.
Costs: Free
Not much different from a Facebook page.

Pros: Generally bent on community, top navigation bar like Blogger, has a word-matching system that matches similar posts and will recommend users to your posts the moment they sign-up, private discussions, one click subscription system
Cons: Premium service that allows for more image hosting.
Costs: Free with premium service offered

Pros: Free themes, multi-author blogging, social media widgets, video
Cons: Less customization
Premium features: Your own domain name, advertising network

Resembles WordPress
Cons: Unclear timeframe of new software releases
I’ve heard of this one, but don’t know anyone who uses it or anything about it.

I visited quite a few of the sites above, and found that most of them do offer instructions for setting up your blog. It’s just that some are simpler to follow than others. I found both Blogger and Blogspot to pretty easy to use.

Here are some examples of BATB blogs to draw inspiration from:
If anyone has a question please feel free to ask. I may not have all the answers, but I will try to find them. J

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I’ve never argued the fact that our planet’s climate is changing. I just argued that it was “global warming” and that it’s all our fault.
I worked in a US Air Force weather station on the communications side for a few months and it was long enough to spark an interest in me. The station was on Charleston AFB, SC and it was called the “Latin American Forecast Center.” They tracked hurricanes. It was the main Atlantic hurricane tracking center before NOAA took over and moved it to Miami. The Hurricane Tracking planes called in their data to us via a radio/telephone patch, the forecasters transcribed it, and I (and my fellow communications troops) typed them up, and sent them out on the Air Force weather network. One time there was so much going on in the Atlantic (3 or 4 storms) that they put one of the calls through on the Comm side phone and I got to transcribe the message.
My theory about weather has been that it’s cyclical. It’s definitely not an exact science. I’ve always said that I don’t think that we and our “carbon footprints” are solely responsible for the changes happening. I think it’s all happened before and that volcanic and seismic activity have just as much to do with it as we do.
For example, the recent earthquakes. I found an article on the NASA site. They say that people shouldn’t worry and that it shouldn’t affect anything drastically, I can’t believe that this doesn’t have something to do with the recent, drastic weather changes, and the changes in the jet stream:
·       The March 11, magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan shortened the length of each Earth day and shifted the planet’s axis. Calculations indicate that by changing the distribution of Earth's mass, the Japanese earthquake caused Earth to rotate a bit faster, shortening the length of the day by about 1.8 microseconds (a microsecond is one millionth of a second).
·       The 2010 magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile shortened the length of day by about 1.26 microseconds and shifted Earth's figure axis by about 8 centimeters (3 inches).
·       The calculations also show the Japan quake shifted the position of Earth's figure axis (the axis about which Earth's mass is balanced) by about 17 centimeters (6.5 inches), towards 133 degrees east longitude.

These are three of the largest earthquakes since 1900, and although I know that Earth's figure axis should not be confused with its north-south axis; they are offset by about 10 meters (about 33 feet). This shift in Earth's figure axis will cause Earth to wobble a bit differently as it rotates, but it will not cause a shift of Earth's axis in space—only external forces such as the gravitational attraction of the sun, moon and planets can do that.

Look at the last two winters (2013-2014 and 2014-2015). The amount of snow that fell across the Northern US, although not completely unprecedented, was more in those two years than in numerous previous years put together. Boston’s average snowfall for a winter is usually around 40 inches spread out over 6 months (November –April.) So far just for 2015 Boston has had over 7 feet and it’s snowing again today.

In a normal year, the Great Lakes are about 30% frozen. I remember the Detroit River freezing, maybe once when I was a kid growing up there (sometime in the 50’s.) Right now the Great Lakes are almost 90% frozen. I heard something like 88% yesterday on the news. An AP article said that with more frigid temps and at least one more winter storm on its way that percentage could go up. The most widespread freeze was 95% in 1979 but it got up to almost 93% in March of 2014. One likely explanation for the rapid buildup of ice is that 2014's freeze lasted so long — Lake Superior wasn't completely ice-free until June — and the summer was so mild that the lakes didn't absorb much heat. We started this season with below-water temperatures to begin with.

The ice blanket reaches across more than 90 percent of Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie, while Lakes Michigan and Ontario are more than halfway covered.

Niagra Falls is almost completely frozen.

Coast Guard cutters open channels for vessels hauling vital cargo such as heating oil and road salt. The Detroit-based tug Bristol Bay has struggled for days to free the Arthur M. Anderson, a freighter stranded about 70 miles east of Cleveland in ice up to 10 feet thick. The Canadian Coast Guard has dispatched an icebreaker to assist.
The job has taken so much longer than expected that the Bristol Bay's crew ran low on food and had to receive a delivery by helicopter, which lowered supplies in their rescue basket.
Things will get even busier in mid-March, when the shipping season begins for the lakes' regular traffic of vessels carrying iron ore, coal, grain and other bulk cargo.
In our area, we are normally averaging highs in the low 60’s this time of year, with lows it the low 40’s. We’ve set several new records for lows in the last couple weeks.
Here’s the forecast for the next ten days from three different sources:
Weather Channel
Weather Underground
partly sunny
ice pellets
ice pellets
partly sunny

partly sunny

And this new trend that The Weather Channel came up with in 2011 of naming winter storms. I’ll admit that it does make it easier to keep track of. And as bad as they’ve been, maybe it’s a good idea. A lot of folks are saying it’s a bad idea, or that it’s just an advertising ploy, or that it creates panic in the viewers. It may be that, but creating a little heightened awareness can’t really be a bad thing when it gets as bad as it has been the last couple years.