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  1. I won't ever question Luke (and his team) spotting skills. Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  2. That thing might be fast off the line going straight, but it would be slower than molasses in the corners. However I did learn a valuable lesson when I had access to a race track and used to drive my 911 during DE open lapping events and that was to not judge a car from it's appearance, especially when you are not up close to the vehicle. I remember meeting this dude who showed up to the track with an old beat up Honda Civic. From a distance it looked like a lemon. But when you get up close you noticed the guy had completed gutted the interior, the car was sporting slicks with racing brakes and an upgraded suspension system with a performance exhaust system. Plus who knows how many added goodies under the hood, you know it definitely was not stock. He wasn't the fastest on the track, but he wasn't slow. Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  3. The brand of vehicle is not the problem. It's the people behind the wheel who are sometimes (but not always) the jerks. There is nothing wrong with the average driver. It's the two extremes of drivers who are the problem. 1) People who think they are and drive like Mario Andretti on the public roads but who have no formal advanced driver training and don't know the basics of how to balance their vehicles prior to entering a corner. 2) People who are overly cautious on the public roads and who are just as dangerous as the the people who drive too fast. Speed by itself is not the biggest problem. It's when you mix the people going too fast with the people going too slow. 3) Mini-vans. Okay I said two extremes but listed three. But people who drive front wheel drive automatic mini-vans lack a soul and don't count. Carry on ... haha Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  4. I voted "Fire storm from Hell" plus "Zombie Apocalypse" because the videos and pictures that have surfaced, it sure looks like the apocalypse. I experienced a parking lot garage fire back in the 80s and was amazed at how fast and how thick the black smoke from that fire was. I can't imagine what the 88,000 people who fled this fire must have experienced. Many had to be thinking this was it. This was their Apocalypse. I have never been to the Mac. But that will change in the not too distant future once it's safe for PFCs like myself to go back into the town. I belong to the Jeep Junkies (a group of Alberta Jeep Off-road Enthusiasts) and the Junkies have done trail clean up runs in the past and we are talking about heading up to Fort Mac once it's safe to try and help in the clean up there. This fire is bad, real bad. It's actually forecast to double in size in the coming days and it could burn for weeks if not months if we don't get any substantial rain in the province. Also while the fire hurts the residents of Fort McMurray the most, those who lost their homes and their jobs (we also have to feel bad for the kids and the pets who can't grasp what's happened), this fire is going to hurt the entire nation. So many other regions of the country relied on the resource wealth that came out this part of Alberta and it was pretty bad these last 12-15 months what with all the layoffs in the Oil Patch (for once in my life I am happy I was not working in the patch), but now with this and production at the mines shutting down due to no workforce, the you know what is about to hit the fan and it will effect the entire Canadian economy. Not just the Mac and not just Alberta. PS: while I wasn't there for the Waldo Canyon Fire of the Mountain Shadows district of 2012, this fire is bringing back memories of all the hardship my friends in Colorado Springs went through four years ago. You see I lived in the Mountain Shadows district of Colorado Springs for a few years. Here is a picture of the town home complex I used to live in and how close the flames came to it. Plus a former work colleague and friend who only lived 2 blocks away from me wasn't so lucky when his house burned to the ground. Wild fires are a part of nature. They help rejuvenate the forest when the forest gets too old. But they are life changers when they burn down towns and cities. I doubt we will ever know what caused this fire in Fort McMurray. But I sure hope it wasn't arson like the Slave Lake fire was. Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  5. Not a very good day for the fire fighters and residents of Fort McMurray AB today. https://www.google.ca/search?q=fort+mcmurray+fire+pictures&biw=1920&bih=940&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjKxYuq7cHMAhVBB8AKHdPgCi4QsAQIGg No lives lost either professionally or civilian That's a very good day!! Yes that is the one positive snippet of news regarding this fire. PS: I work in the IT department of an insurance company and these are interesting and busy days for sure. Many folks in the organization are busy identifying what insured risks are in the effected area and the organization has begun trying to reach out to the policy holders informing them how to contact us to initiate their claims. For sure this is going to hurt the books of the organization. But as one of my colleagues said yesterday "this is what we do". Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  6. Not a very good day for the fire fighters and residents of Fort McMurray AB today. https://www.google.ca/search?q=fort+mcmurray+fire+pictures&biw=1920&bih=940&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjKxYuq7cHMAhVBB8AKHdPgCi4QsAQIGg Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  7. I'd love the opportunity to turn some laps in with an Atom on a race track. Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  8. Good one ... Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  9. I became a Broncos fan in the early 1970s when I was a child (for a really silly reason) and as a life long Broncos fan I have suffered more disappointments than I would like to remember. But it has been fun to watch this defense this year. I am not about to say that the Denver Broncos 2015/2016 defense is the best ever. That would be wrong as it is extremely difficult to compare teams from different eras. But this Broncos team can join the list of exclusive defenses that dominated the game and won championships in past years. Teams like the 1970's Steel Curtain, the '85 Bears defense and the 2000 Ravens defense come to mind as similar dominant defenses. However the 2016 Broncos and 2014 Seahawks can sort of be compared as there is only two years separating these two dominant champions. In 2014 the Seahawks with the best defense in the league schooled the best offense in the league to win Super Bowl 48, and yesterday the Broncos with the best defense in the league schooled the best offense to win Super Bowl 50. The only difference I see is that the 2014 Seahawks offense was better than this year's Broncos offense. But defense wins championships and this was quite the turn around from the lessons learned with that nasty defeat two years ago. PS: half time show was pretty lame. Expected so much more for a Super Bowl 50. But I don't watch the Super Bowl for the half time show. I watch it for the game. Oh and now I need to recover from a day of poor dietary decisions. Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  10. All mountains must be banned. If it saves one life it is worth it. Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  11. It was a good game. At least it's finally ducking over What the season or the game is ducking over? If it's the season you are complaining about, the college football season is no longer or no shorter than any of the other sports. The NFL plays a slightly longer schedule than the NCAA plays and the NHL and NBA play 80+ game 6 month schedules (not counting 1 month of pre-season) followed by 2 months of playoffs. MLB plays a 162 game 6 month season (not counting 1 month of spring training) followed by a 1 month play off. MLS and the various pro soccer leagues in Europe also play long 6 month seasons. Everywhere you look it is pretty much the same in regards to length of season for all of these team sports. In reality it is business entertainment first and sports second. Now I wouldn't mind seeing the college game shortened a bit. The clock stops so much more in the college game compared to the pro game where college games take about 4 hours to play whereas the pro game on average takes a little more than 3 hours. If they want to stop the clock as much as they do in college I am fine with that. But perhaps go to 12 minute quarters? Or they can just leave it as is, but 4 hours can be painful when one team dominates the other (which wasn't the case last night). Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  12. It was a good game. Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  13. Don't count me as a Bama hater. I respect the school's ability to year after year field a championship contender and know the 2015 team is perfectly capable of rolling to another championship a week from now. But as a casual fan with no stake in either side, you have to understand why people cheer against the same team/person who wins all the time regardless of what sport they are competing in. It's not hard to understand why some people want to see someone else win for a change. With that said, all the 2016 New Years bowl games were a total let down. Who wants to watch blow out after blow out, but that was all we saw this year. It was boring. I want to see competitive close games which goes down to the wire. So next week while I will be cheering for the Tigers because I want to see someone else win for a change, actually what I will be doing is hoping for a close game. If it turns out to be a blown out, I won't watch it regardless of who is winning. Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  14. I don't think this is a repost as I searched for NVIDIA and did not find any recent matches. Anyway, you got to love Jeffro and the folks at Eloy who are not afraid to throw crazy things out of their airplanes in the name of fun and yes some TV Ad revenues. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZcQNb8_j0s Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  15. Even under clear skies, it was going to be less than optimal conditions here in Western Canada. But clouds completely obscured the moon last night making it a non-event. So I will just have to be contempt in looking at photographs people took. Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  16. As of late last night, I am now running Windows 10 on my 2 week old computer at home. The auto download process of the OS kept failing for whatever reason. So I manually downloaded it and even that took several attempts before all the necessary files could be properly downloaded and the upgrade launched. I had to laugh at one point last night attempting to download the files I received an errpr message from Microsoft mentioning "Something went wrong" and no other details. Huh? No shit something went wrong. That was my trigger to go do something else with my evening, Then a few hours later I returned to try again and that time it work. So far everything seems to work fine now that the OS is installed and running. But I am definitely acting as a guinea pig here being an early adopter. Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  17. Services are programs that run in the background on your computer and often launch when the operating system starts up. Sometimes services are the malware and sometimes they are vital apps needed for the computer to deliver ... hmmm ... services. Does the error message say what service failed? Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  18. I have never had those problems after waking up. For me it was usually waking up with severe neck pain. Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  19. I hate it when I hurt myself while sleeping. Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  20. My first computer was a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A with a cassette recorder as my storage device. Not mine, but it looked like this I picked it up when I was in school learning how to program computers. Did it help me? I guess so, sort of. I have been a professional software developer since December of 1984. Of course back then I didn't really know what I was doing. Far too many "goto's" in my Basic language spaghetti code applcations. But it didn't hurt having this computer. I had a friend who had the Commodore 16 at the same time and my TI-99/4A was more advanced than his Commodore 16 was. But then he upgraded to a Commodore 64 and I learned how fast computers became obsolete. Of course it did not take long for my friend's Commodore 64 to become obsolete with the 8086/8088s then the 286s, then the 386s, so on and so forth. Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  21. I'll be running Windows 10 when it comes out. But I don't think it comes out until the 29th? Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  22. For sure once the turn starts there are moments where blind spots occur and space that appeared to be open in one moment of time can rapidly become occupied. Swooper friendly DZs need to place their swoop parks away from their other LZs to limit the conflicting traffic like when a low timer messes up their approaches. But the lower timers will always make mistakes as they learn to fly their canopies and we don't want them making low turns if their safety is in question. However with all that said, I think we can all agree that people not intending on swooping need to do their best to avoid the airspace in the vicinity of swoop parks. Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  23. It saddens me to say that I am a retired competitive swooper (I just could not stay current with my swooping ever since I moved back to the much short jump seasons here in Canuckistan), but as a former competitive swooper I can tell you that during our swoop comps we were often on separate loads than the rest of the DZ was on. So you can never assume if you are the last person on your load to land, that there isn't a group of jumpers just above you setting up. So going for the gates wasn't the smartest thing to do. But if you messed up your approach on this one jump you messed it up and it is much better for you to land in the safest possible area instead of doing something stupid like making a low turn to avoid the swoop park. The lower canopy always has the right of way and it is the responsibility of the swooper (even if they are in the middle of a competition) to make sure they abort their swoop if there is conflicting traffic. I know it was a pain in the rear end, but in all the swoop comps I was in, the swooper was given a do over if they had to abort their swoop due to traffic. Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  24. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdemFfbS5H0 Try not to worry about the things you have no control over
  25. I am old enough to remember "The Snake". However I never really got to see him play all that much when he was at the prime of his career with the Raiders because back in those days growing up in Canuckistan, my parents did not have cable TV and the only way to watch an NFL game in Canuckistan in the 1970s was if you had cable. So while I was aware of the South Paw's prowess on the gridiron, it was only in the twilight of his career after leaving home and having cable with my roommates did I get to see Kenny play with the Oilers and the Saints. Try not to worry about the things you have no control over