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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-12-31

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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-12-30

  • Reading Offworld costs me money. Just bought Zephyr (draw snow pictures, same world social features as Ocarina) and Passage for iPhone. :-) #
  • Puzzle Quest, which I love, is finally out for iPhone, but at $10 for the first episode (1/3 of the game), I think I’ll pass for now. #
  • @Jmartens I’m waiting for packages from both UPS and FedEx, Haven’t moved in a week. Methinks it will be a while before they catch up. in reply to Jmartens #
  • @MCP85 yeah, I heard something about a space themed Puzzle Quest game. Should be fun. in reply to MCP85 #
  • Just blew a tire at Cottage Grove in our way to Medford. Had fun changing it on the side of I-5 in the rain. At Les Schwab now… :-( #
  • And since my car is AWD, it needs 4 new tires instead of one (it was about due anyway). That was $600 I wasn’t planning on spending today. #
  • Gabe is in heaven at Les Schwab. Running around like a fool shouting “weeel! weeel!” :-) He’s entertaining the staff. And there’s wifi. :-) #
  • @Jmartens You can give any KGW people that don’t already have my name my name. I’d love to talk to them, anytime. :-) in reply to Jmartens #
  • @chrisorourke Where is that Crocs store? Not that I’m, you know, going to go there, or anything. πŸ˜‰ in reply to chrisorourke #
  • Stopped for potty break and food in Grant’s Pass. Almost to Medford! New tires working great. Glad the roads are clear, though. #
  • @chrisorourke Biggest Crocs store I’ve ever seen was in the Super Brand Mall in Shanghai. I felt like a minor celebrity when I walked in. :) in reply to chrisorourke #
  • @ejacqui πŸ˜› in reply to ejacqui #
  • Grants Pass, OR has AT&T 3G, if anyone wondered. I’m getting 750kbps. #
  • @artwells Besides my flat tire, the Portland/Medford drive was smooth. No snow, roads were great. in reply to artwells #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-12-28

  • Praise the Meltpocalypse! Hooray for the Thawnami! Nothing personal, @PortlandSnow, but don’t you EVER do that again! :-) #pdxtst #
  • Wow, @davewiner is right. Tweetree is REALLY cool. Threaded replies, media aware. Gotta play more. Here’s me: http://tweetree.com/jabancroft #
  • Tweetree needs a mobile version. It’s a heavy web page, like twitter.com, and slow on my iPhone. Tweetie has me spoiled for speed. :-) #
  • I need to compare and contrast Tweetree and FriendFeed. The thing I like about both are similar. Need to suss out the differences. #
  • @hangry You guys drove home through the Gorge? Wow. Glad you made it safely! That place has been the maw of frozen Hell lately. :-) in reply to hangry #
  • @JenFloyd08 OpenID is free. It’s a standard. There are tons of providers. The WP-OpenID plugin is free. but I have had bad luck with it. :-( in reply to JenFloyd08 #
  • @fraying My wife got me a sub (the geek special) to Fray for Christmas. Good stuff. Weird that the issues are totally different sizes, tho. in reply to fraying #
  • @fraying Makes me wonder what the form factor of Issue 3 will be. :-) Seriously, though, love your stuff, loved JPG before, you know… :-) in reply to fraying #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-12-25

  • Merry Christmas Eve everybody! If you have an iPhone, Android, or similar, search “NORAD Santa” in Google Maps to track him today! :-) #
  • Melt baby melt!!! :-) #
  • @briancollette We had prolly 14″ here at the peak, with lots of ice and not NEAR enough plows and sanders. Worst snowstorm in 40 years. in reply to briancollette #
  • Guess what! I just saw not one but TWO snowplows on Farmington. First I’ve seen since this started 11 days ago. Rarer than Santa Claus! πŸ˜‰ #
  • It’s RAINING quite hard in Aloha. It’s a slushy mess out there. Like driving in Coke Slurpee. Melt baby melt! :-) #pdxtst #
  • @briancollette It snows about once a year here. Maybe twice. Melts in a day. And that number of plows sounds about right. πŸ˜‰ in reply to briancollette #
  • @chrisorourke You and @camikaos will be proud to know I’ve been Croc-free since the snow started. They fill up with snow too fast. πŸ˜‰ in reply to chrisorourke #
  • Merry Christmas, everybo- ooh, Santa cookies! :-) #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-12-24

  • What’s Hwy 26 between 185th and Hwy 217 like right now? I have a dr appointment. After yesterday, I’d much rather stay home. :-( #pdxtst #
  • Tripcheck cams show Hwy 26 lanes mostly clear. I guess I’ll go for it. #
  • Hwy 26 is clear in the lanes. Glad I didn’t chain up: tons of people pulled over to remove them, saw dozens of broken chains in the road. #
  • @Kent_Giard Plan on taking chains off BEFORE you get on any freeways. No room to really do it once there. Dangerous to try on shoulder. in reply to Kent_Giard #
  • @EricAppel Yeah, with all the deep ruts, changing lanes is about the most dangerous thing out there. It’s ridiculous. Stay safe! in reply to EricAppel #
  • @tlockney yeah, I’m of two minds about chains. They help, but the cost to infrastructure is high. I doubt ODOT can afford to fix the roads. in reply to tlockney #
  • Oh, the ignominy. Made it to my appointment and back without incident, only to get stuck at the foot of my own driveway. Had to dig out. :-( #
  • @memathews Dr appt was actually unrelated to my back. Feeling OK. Shovelling snow/ice sure is good exercise! :-) in reply to memathews #
  • Got a lot of the driveway shovelled while it was empty, what with my car stuck 10 feet away and all. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @atmasphere No kidding. Worst snow storm in 40+ years. And 6″ more expected by Christmas. in reply to atmasphere #
  • @turoczy But what a way to go! :-) in reply to turoczy #
  • @ahockley Our garbage pickup didn’t happen yesterday when scheduled, but did happen today. Saw on news some aren’t picking up til next week. in reply to ahockley #
  • Game deal alert: Guitar Hero 3 wireless guitar, all platforms, $19 at CircuitCity. Works with GH3 and WT: http://tinyurl.com/926oym #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-12-23

  • Power’s out in Aloha… #pdxtst #
  • PGE outage line says 2300+ people affected in Aloha. Power’s been out since 3:53AM here. No ETA from PGE. :-( #pdxtst #
  • Come on, PGE. It’s been 2+ hours. It’s starting to get cold in here… :-( #pdxtst #
  • 3 hours later, power’s back. Didn’t have to bundle us up after all. Thanks, PGE! :-) #pdxtst #
  • Wow. Several more inches of snow fell in Aloha overnight. There’s at least a foot. This is going to get worse before it gets better. #pdxtst #
  • In a foul mood. Have had it with this snow crap. Tired of being cooped up. Supposed to be on vacation. This weather needs to Die in a Fire. #
  • It’s not fair to my family to have to be around me when I’m this grouchy, and we need milk, so I’m going out. Wish me luck. #
  • ZOMG those are the scariest road conditions I have EVER driven in. TV Hwy is a death trap, and hasn’t been touched by a plow AT ALL. #pdxtst #
  • Lanes on TV Hwy are 6″ deep ruts in the snow/ice. Tried to change lanes, went sideways across three lanes into oncoming traffic :-O #pdxtst #
  • SO lucky not to have hit/been hit by anyone. Saw many vehicles, with and without chains, fly right off the road. #
  • I escaped harm on the road, but slipped and fell down the stairs in front of a store, crunching my back. Embarrassing and painful. :-( #
  • So, all that complaining earlier, about being cooped up at home? Still valid, but I’m awfully happy to be home right now. :-) #
  • @ahockley Oh yeah, driveway was fun, too. Car encased in a candy shell of 6″snow/1″ ice/6″ snow. I blame your #BancroftCarIgloo idea. πŸ˜‰ in reply to ahockley #
  • Still can’t believe there was NO sign TV Hwy had been plowed or graveled or anything. I didn’t see a single ODOT truck. Public Safety Fail. #
  • @billpearson You have 24″ of snow?! That’s just crazy! Suddenly I don’t feel SO bad. Let us know if we need to airlift in supplies. :-) in reply to billpearson #
  • RT @oregonian: Our latest weather story, featuring a quote from @jabancroft http://is.gd/d4Ig in reply to oregonian #
  • @billpearson I said several quotable things to that reporter. A bit puzzled why he selected that (lame) one. But he’s the reporter! :-) in reply to billpearson #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-12-22

  • @erikseligman Sure, no one expects insight and wisdom, but I try not to be “that guy”. I’m a nice guy with occasional mood swings. :-) in reply to erikseligman #
  • RT: A Twitterer was on the Continental jet in accident at DIA. Amazing Tweets: http://bit.ly/Bmrv (via @LenEdgerly) in reply to LenEdgerly #
  • RT: Hacking the surveillance society (HS students sending speeding tix to their enemies): http://snurl.com/8yqf4 (via @timoreilly) in reply to timoreilly #
  • @sumwan CamStudio gives you basically raw uncompressed AVI video files, which need some processing. Handbrake would turn ’em into H.264. in reply to sumwan #
  • @sumwan It’s like recording to uncompressed WAV files for audio. Need to compress/finish the result. Camtasia does that, but isn’t free. in reply to sumwan #
  • The snow is back in Aloha! A nice crust of ice on top of what fell yesterday, now it’s snowing hard again. #pdxtst #
  • I finally got out and took a few photos with my “big boy” camera (D40), and posted them to this set on Flickr: http://tinyurl.com/7b2462 #
  • This pic shows how much has accumulated on the yard debris can in our yard. Haven’t measured, but looks like 6-8″ http://tinyurl.com/7zkvrp #
  • @gregjsmith This much snow is VERY un-normal for Portland. We usually get a couple of inches once a year. 6-12″ for a week = Snowpocalypse. in reply to gregjsmith #
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Snowpocalypse 2008

Starting about last Sunday, December 13, 2008, we’ve seen an unprecendented amount of snow here in the Portland area. I’ve lived here for about 10 years, and have never seen this much. It usually snows at least once a year here, but it never sticks around for more than a day or so. Since snowstorms are so infrequent here, there aren’t enough snowplows, sanders, and other road equipment, and people aren’t used to driving safely in the snow (go slow, easy on the brakes, etc.), so the roads get WAY more hazardous than a few inches of snow should make them. That means everything shuts down – school was cancelled all week. I worked from home (though I could have gone in if I want to – Intel never closes for weather). Church was cancelled. It’s kind of crazy. :-)

I finally got out today and snapped some pictures with my “big boy” camera (Nikon D40), instead of the lousy iPhone shots I’ve been posting to Flickr all week. You can see all of the photos in this set. Here are a few, to give you an idea of what’s been keeping up cooped up inside for a week. :-)

The beginning of the Snowpocalypse:

Snowpocalypse Continues in Aloha (10:55AM 12/17)

Meltpocalypse on Thursday 12/18 (my birthday!)

Meltpocalypse in Aloha (11:20 AM 12/18)

Our backyard on Sunday 12/21:

Back Porch

View from the front porch:

View from the Front Porch

8 inches on the Garbage Can:

Snow Accumulation on Garbage Can

Our car was clear yesterday – we ventured out. This is 1 day’s snow and ice accumulation:

24 Hours of Le Snow

We’re safe and warm in our house, got lots of supplies, and enjoying the Christmas tree, etc. Our biggest problem is a little cabin fever, so we’re pretty grateful. It’s looking like we’ll get a White Christmas this year. We’re planning on traveling to southern Oregon after Christmas, so I hope this stuff melts eventually! :-)

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