Troy? Noones? other Aussies?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Alan Browne, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. Alan Browne

    N Guest

    Some were lucky, some were not. Good to hear that you were in the
    lucky group, Troy.

    I worked at home on Wednesday and couldn't concentrate on anything. I
    just kept watching the news on TV every time I moved away from the PC.
     
    N, Jan 14, 2011
    #21
    1. Advertisements

  2. Alan Browne

    Savageduck Guest

    That is some good news in the face of what the rest of your community
    is going through. One can only hope the best for all suffering through
    this.
    I can only hope that you and your family continue with your good
    fortune, and get by unscathed.
     
    Savageduck, Jan 14, 2011
    #22
    1. Advertisements

  3. Alan Browne

    Savageduck Guest

    Yup!
    Almost 500 dead in Brazil. I have an old friend who works at a school,
    and work center for kids from the favelas in the Teresopolis area, one
    of the worst hit areas, up in the mountains near Rio. Their big problem
    is the mud slides. The favelas are built on thos slopes with the town
    center below, right in the path of the mud flow.
     
    Savageduck, Jan 14, 2011
    #23
  4. Alan Browne

    Savageduck Guest

    Correct, but Rich wouldn't know, or care about that as long as his
    neighborhood stays dry, and the oil is there to heat his home in
    Winter, and the AC works in the Summer.
     
    Savageduck, Jan 14, 2011
    #24
  5. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    We're fond of our Commonwealth cousins down under and not ignorant of
    its geography.
     
    Alan Browne, Jan 14, 2011
    #25
  6. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Great to hear from you Troy - and of your good luck. I read recently
    that the rainfall in Aussie land is due to a sudden change from El Niño
    to La Niña at a rate faster than usual. I'm sure knowing that makes it
    easier to bear!

    Your travails remind me of our ice storm 13 years ago that wiped out
    major transmission lines for many here for days (while the temperature
    plunged to -20°C in the heat of day and colder at night). Some towns
    had no power for 6 weeks. I was lucky (4 hours). (One enterprising
    town derailed a diesel locomotive with the help of CN and brought it
    into town, hooked it up to a couple transformers and managed to get the
    middle of the town on power).

    Hang in there - and do snap a photo or two if you can!

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Jan 14, 2011
    #26
  7. Alan Browne

    rwalker Guest


    A lot of flooding. It's been horrifying to watch from the U.S. I can
    only imagine how bad it is in person.
     
    rwalker, Jan 14, 2011
    #27
  8. Alan Browne

    rwalker Guest

    That must be the U.S. exclusive of Alaska. According to Wikipedia
    (yes, I know), the U.S. is the fourth largest nation in the world
    (9,629,091 sq. km.), and Australia is 6th (7,692,024 sq. km.)
     
    rwalker, Jan 14, 2011
    #28
  9. Alan Browne

    Robert Coe Guest

    : >> : On 13/01/2011, Alan Browne wrote:
    : >> : > On 2011.01.12 14:55 , N wrote:
    : >> : >> On 13/01/2011, Alan Browne wrote:
    : >> : >>> On 2011.01.12 9:12 , David J. Littleboy wrote:
    : >> : >>>> "Alan Browne" wrote:
    : >> : >>>>
    : >> : >>>>> You guys have your heads and gear above water?
    : >> : >>>>
    : >> : >>>> Not if they're in Queensland.
    : >> : >>>
    : >> : >>> Duh.
    : >> : >>>
    : >> : >>> Let them reply.
    : >> : >>
    : >> : >> I'm in Sydney, so in Noones. Take a look at this and don't underestimate
    : >> : >> the size of Australia.
    : >> : >> http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/queensland_floods.html#map
    : >> : >
    : >> : > What makes you think I underestimated it?
    : >> :
    : >> : It wasn't aimed at you in particular, but I know a lot of people in
    : >> : other countries have no perception of how large this country is. A
    : >> : friend had a visitor from somewhere else who wanted to see Melbourne,
    : >> : Sydney and the Barrier Reef in a week - BY CAR!
    : >>
    : >> It's a hard perception to maintain. Every American school child who pays
    : >> attention in geography class knows that the U.S. could comfortably fit within
    : >> the borders of Australia, with a good bit of Europe left over. But since a lot
    : >> of Australia is portrayed (to us, at least) as empty space, we tend not to
    : >> grasp the implications. Few of us will ever actually tour Australia by car
    : >> (damn good thing too, since sooner or later we'd forget to drive on the left),
    : >> so the vastness of your country is largely hypothetical. Frankly, I thought
    : >> Brisbane was much farther around to the north than it is. And only in the last
    : >> day or two did it dawn on me that the Great Barrier Reef probably makes it
    : >> impractical to have large cities on your north coast. But all of us have seen
    : >> serious flooding - or have relatives or friends who have. So even if the
    : >> flooded area is a relatively tiny part of your country, we empathize with
    : >> those who are suffering, and hope that that suffering will end soon.
    : >>
    :
    : That must be the U.S. exclusive of Alaska. According to Wikipedia
    : (yes, I know), the U.S. is the fourth largest nation in the world
    : (9,629,091 sq. km.), and Australia is 6th (7,692,024 sq. km.)

    I'm sure you're right. When I was in school, Alaska and Hawai`i hadn't yet
    been elevated to the rank of states. And we weren't (indeed, still aren't)
    encouraged to think of our territories and possessions as being part of the
    "United States".

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jan 14, 2011
    #29
  10. Alan Browne

    Robert Coe Guest

    : * Wilba wrote :
    : > Troy Piggins wrote:
    : >> Alan Browne wrote :
    : >>>
    : >>> You guys have your heads and gear above water?
    : >>>
    : >>> What's going on?
    : >>
    : >> G'day Alan and everyone else! Thanks for your kind thoughts.
    : >> ...
    : >
    : > Good to hear. Sounds like you and yours were very lucky.
    : >
    : > Best wishes for the clean-up.
    : >
    : > I'm fine thanks. :- ) (In WA, nowhere near the floods in the Gascoyne.)
    :
    : Bizarre weather/nature at the moment, hey. Flash flooding
    : predicted down Victoria, also saw some in Brazil?

    Horrible flooding in Brazil, with shantytowns being washed off of hillsides
    and buried in a sea of mud. Also in Bangla Desh, with nearly half the country
    underwater by some accounts.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jan 14, 2011
    #30
  11. Alan Browne

    Wilba Guest

    Yeah, we've had a funny overcast windy summer so far (on the South coast).
     
    Wilba, Jan 15, 2011
    #31
  12. Alan Browne

    rwalker Guest

    True, which really annoys my Puerto Rican students.
     
    rwalker, Jan 16, 2011
    #32
  13. Alan Browne

    rwalker Guest

    But your point that Australia is a very big place is of course valid.
     
    rwalker, Jan 16, 2011
    #33
  14. Alan Browne

    Robert Coe Guest

    : >I'm sure you're right. When I was in school, Alaska and Hawai`i hadn't yet
    : >been elevated to the rank of states. And we weren't (indeed, still aren't)
    : >encouraged to think of our territories and possessions as being part of the
    : >"United States".
    :
    : True, which really annoys my Puerto Rican students.

    If Puerto Rico does achieve statehood, it will join an even more elite company
    that includes, at present, only Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and
    Kentucky - the four states that officially refer to themselves as
    "Commonwealths".

    For extra credit, here's a trivia question that made the rounds a few years
    ago: What is the largest U.S. metropolitan area without major-league baseball?

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jan 16, 2011
    #34
  15. Alan Browne

    Savageduck Guest

    There are a few contenders; Portland, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Orlando,
    Indianapolis.
    I think the winner(loser) would be Portland, OR.
    Montreal doesn't count on two separate levels. It is in Canada, and
    they just gave up on baseball.
     
    Savageduck, Jan 16, 2011
    #35
  16. Alan Browne

    Robert Coe Guest

    On 2011-01-15 21:35:55 -0800, Robert Coe <> said:
    :
    : > On Sat, 15 Jan 2011 21:09:15 -0500, wrote:
    : > :
    : > : >I'm sure you're right. When I was in school, Alaska and Hawai`i hadn't yet
    : > : >been elevated to the rank of states. And we weren't (indeed, still aren't)
    : > : >encouraged to think of our territories and possessions as being part of the
    : > : >"United States".
    : > :
    : > : True, which really annoys my Puerto Rican students.
    : >
    : > If Puerto Rico does achieve statehood, it will join an even more elite company
    : > that includes, at present, only Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and
    : > Kentucky - the four states that officially refer to themselves as
    : > "Commonwealths".
    : >
    : > For extra credit, here's a trivia question that made the rounds a few years
    : > ago: What is the largest U.S. metropolitan area without major-league baseball?
    : >
    : > Bob
    :
    : There are a few contenders; Portland, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Orlando,
    : Indianapolis.
    : I think the winner(loser) would be Portland, OR.
    : Montreal doesn't count on two separate levels. It is in Canada, and
    : they just gave up on baseball.

    You missed the obvious hint provided by the context! It's San Juan, PR.

    Or at least it was when the question was circulating, which was as the
    Montréal team was moving to Washington. I guess the Washington area was the
    previous winner (loser). Conceivably things could change when the new census
    figures come out. (I don't believe the metropolitan area figures have been
    released yet, but I could be wrong.)

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jan 16, 2011
    #36
  17. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Montreal counts especially high because it is not in the US and because
    it gave up on baseball. (I do miss my semi-annual visits to games -
    prime seats (5 rows above the dugout inside the base) for about $15 with
    beer and snack service right to the seat. Traded a word or two with
    Donald Sutherland once [an avid fan]).
     
    Alan Browne, Jan 16, 2011
    #37
  18. Alan Browne

    Savageduck Guest

    Well, you did say U.S. metropolitan area, and PR is not a state yet.
    Certainly it is under U.S. jurisdiction, but it is not quite a U.S.
    metropolitan area.
    I guess you are going to have to wait for them to stop fielding their
    own Olympic team.
     
    Savageduck, Jan 16, 2011
    #38
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.