Chapter #2 is up!

By: Ylee , 11:08 AM GMT on March 09, 2014

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276. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
11:46 PM GMT on March 31, 2014
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275. ozgalah
11:28 PM GMT on March 31, 2014
Hi Ylee very sunny, bright background are you trying to channel in more sunshine? We live on a fault line here, Adelaide had a bad earthquake in 1953 but apart from a few rumbles every now and then nothing major since. We also used to live near Newcastle in New South Wales it was hit by a bad earthquake a while ago, there was still evidence of structural damage when we were there, especially in my friends house who was married to a builder who was busy repairing everybody elses houses!
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274. Ylee
9:55 PM GMT on March 31, 2014
Today has not improved. At all. :P I'll be lucky to get the new blog up! :(

WTS, I live close enough to the New Madrid system not to take earthquakes for granted! Not that I'd rather have a tornado, either!

Tony, that sounds like a good plan! I wish I'd stayed home, too! :' )
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273. plapman
9:41 PM GMT on March 31, 2014
Good afternoon YLee.
The storm missed us but the wind didn't. Abbey and me stayed home and warm away from the 30MPH cold northerly flow of air.
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272. WatchinTheSky
4:53 PM GMT on March 31, 2014
Yikes, Thought I clicked on the wrong link! What's all this new fangled color background ;)

Hope it doesn't take you all day to recover!

I think you have the wrong idea about earthquakes, Ylee. They are generally just something to enjoy :) and let me be a little cliche here - I'd rather earthquake than tornado. But it's all about location and probabilities, Friday night's quake was note worthy if you felt it (we did, and for as far away as it was - a little less than 100 miles, it was a good shaker). The only real damage I saw on the news (boy, they get carried away!) was a broken brick chimney.
Don't get me wrong, we'll (California) get a 'big one' (but not here), and the 'really big ones' are the end of the world for a lot of good people.
I see Oklahoma had one today! Thanks to fracking, I think a lot more people may be 'enjoying'!
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271. Ylee
1:56 PM GMT on March 31, 2014
BAH! What a crummy Monday! Walked into a huge mess that'll take most of the day to straighten out! I'm just going to reply here, and not get out in WU too much. I also have a new blog I want to post before I leave today!

Cal, GG, Hades, thanks for your input! Rest assured, I'll be changing colors from blog to blog, and experimenting with other parts to see how else I can dress it up!

Bug, I read the wikipedia article on ICD10. I would imagine it's easier for other countries to start 10 from scratch than have us change from 9. I wish you luck!

Tony, that's quite the accomplishment of you, first writing the DOS program, and second, having it still in use after 22 years! Does the Queen realize she married a smart cookie? :' )
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270. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
1:04 PM GMT on March 31, 2014
I agree with others. Very nice background color for the blog.
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269. plapman
11:29 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Good day YLee.
I think all computer users should start with DOS and learn the basics of how computers work.
Around 1992 I wrote a program that calculates the flows on the Assiniboine R at the Portage Diversion.
it's still in use today. The government has tried to replace it but the guys who use it keep going back to the dos version. I guess it's easier for them because I worked in the control structure and knew what was needed and how to make it easier for the users to enter the data.
It's written in a database language but the information can still be imported directly into Excel for the engineers in Winnipeg to play with.
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268. GardenGrrl
10:23 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Wow, snazzy goldenrod background. Like it. Nice and sunny.
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267. Ylee
11:56 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
UK wins! Sorry, cal, bug, it's time to go home! Be back tomorrow!
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266. palmettobug53
11:30 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
I agree with Ylee and I'd really keep my distance from that 'coon, WW.

Oh, yeah, Ylee, the new coding is TOTALLY different. I've seen some of it and it's ... WOW. OMIGOD. lol

We've known for several years that this was coming and we've tied our switchover to the Big Go Live in July. There's an October 1st deadline and everyone has to be using them by then.

The main reason for the change is that the old ICD9 is maxed out. There's simply no more room to add new codes as medical research defines new diseases or new procedures are devised.

There's no way to make the ICD9 codes more specific than they already are.

ICD10 is already being used by other countries and we're lagging behind.
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265. calpoppy
10:47 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
I like the yellow background, makes it special :)
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264. Ylee
8:45 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
Feeder cam is back up! Wajima is showing some heavy surf!

WW, that coon may have distemper. If you see it again, you should call animal control to come and get it. It's probably in the last stages of the disease, and is suffering pretty badly! :( We've had to put down a couple in the last ten years or so. There is always the possibility of rabies, too, so don't get too close!
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263. WeatherWise
5:34 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
Yes I saw those raccoons on the cam and no joking - I saw one in my neighborhood this am in broad daylight!

A strong gust of wind had blown something about rather loud sounds. I looked out and at same time there was this raccoon running around in circles - not sure if something was wrong with it or if the wind was blowing it around in circles. Was a strange site as he was making his way across a hill on over to the next street over and up in the mayor's yard and got behind a bush or shrub next to his house.

I know as I was keeping up with it from my front door with my camera. I did not get a great shot between his twirling and running, the wind, and the distance.

Happy Sunday!
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262. Ylee
4:35 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
Nice sunset in Milos! Boat cruising the channel at Fort L., and a cloudless sky at Potosi!

Bug, I can understand how keystroke shorcuts can make thiongs faster, especially to one who is skilled at typing!

I had to look up what ICD-10 was. Is it that much different than ICD-9? I figured there would be more codes, but different codes would make it harder! :(

Skye, as long as we don't start making our comment boxes bright yellow, I think we'll be OK! :' )
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261. palmettobug53
4:02 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
Skye, that's the only DOS program we have left. Everything else is either online or in-network point-and-clicks and they have been for quite a number of years, with various upgrades/changes.

I've been through this before.

I was there when the old DOS program went live, back in 1986, I think it was. Prior to that, we were pretty much all paper. We did have a mainframe by then for basics but that was it. And TONS of printed reports to work daily.

On top of the GO Live July 1st with the program replacing the old DOS, we're changing over from ICD-9 coding to ICD-10. So, it's a double whammy! lol

They've been testing, testing and testing and we'll be having increased training in the next 3 months. I think the biggest worry is how many glitches will show up once that switch is flipped to the ON position and how badly it's going to affect cash flow.
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260. Skyepony (Mod)
3:43 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
Thought it shouldn't still be dark at feeder cam..

bug~I lived through the whole move away from DOS in dog racing. It really wasn't as painful as feared & my daily backups of all the dog's lines generated from the day's races were much quicker to upload to the mother site.

Ylee~ Felt like just scratched the surface too. Updating skills & saw that, figured what it would do.. Worked first try:) Have some other ideas I haven't tried.
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259. palmettobug53
3:27 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
Frankly, I'm going to miss that DOS program; mainly because of the speed in which I can do my work. Being reduced to point-and-click with the mouse and very few shortcut keys is going to slow me down tremendously.

That DOS program also allows us to open it in multiple windows, viewable at the same time, so that you can see different pages while you work. I've found that none of our point-and-click programs will let us do that. The best they can offer is different tabs. You have to jot down or copy/paste your info, before switching tabs; otherwise, you forget what it was. We deal a lot with numbers and they're hard to remember in sequence.
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258. Ylee
3:12 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
Good morning, bug! DOS-y programs can be quick, but they can be limited in what they do, too. One of the programs on this computer is like that, and I wish they would scrap it. It's just a souped up spreadsheet, but it hogs 90% of the CPU! :P I hope your new program will be kind to you!
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257. palmettobug53
2:51 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
You can change the background colors? I see your new color. I had no idea you could do that.

I can change a few things on my work computer, with some of the programs we have. The newer ones are easy to do (they have a menu for that) but one of our main programs is still a old DOS based program and it's tricky. I've gotten the background and text colors on that one messed up a few times and couldn't remember how I did it. Took me weeks to get it back the way it was. I didn't want to call in IT; I might be a techie idiot but I didn't want to broadcast the fact! Note: That program is the one that is going away July 1st, which I've been mentioning as the Big Go Live that's coming.
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256. palmettobug53
2:43 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
Mornin', Ylee.

All the cams that are in daylight are bright and sunny. Very uplifting!

I see the feeder cam quit updating but it did leave us with a nice view of 4 'coons chowing down.

Kinda chilly here this a.m. but it'll warm up to the upper 60's later today. It might not feel much like it, if the wind keeps up.
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255. Ylee
2:03 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
Good morning! Thanks to Skyepony, I've been experimenting with background colors on the blog! I like navy, but it doesn't look good on here. This color is PaleGoldenRod. I can change other colors through the browser, but I haven't figured out how to make them permanent yet. If I can pull it off, the blog will look a whole lot better, IMO.

Nice day forecast; tems are supposed to be in the low 60s.

Feeder cam is down, as well as the Kanzi cam. Thai cam is still wonky. Not too concerned, as there will be a new blog tomorrow!

Hi, WW! Good-natured mischief is my M.O., lol!

The answer, Tony, is yes, your winter will end. It'll be August, but it'll end! ;' )

Thanks, Skye, and thanks for your help! Hopefully, this is just scratching the surface!
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254. Skyepony (Mod)
1:50 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
I like:)

Raccoons must too. There is 4 at the feeder.
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253. plapman
11:31 AM GMT on March 30, 2014
Good morning YLee.
More snow forecast for the Northern Edge today.
Will this winter never end.
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252. WeatherWise
1:50 AM GMT on March 30, 2014
Hi Ylee, Just checking by to see if you are behaving. Sounds like you have been up to a bit of mischief! Wink/Wink! Have a great Sunday!
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251. Ylee
11:46 PM GMT on March 29, 2014
Seven deer! Time to go home! Be back tomorrow!
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250. Ylee
6:38 PM GMT on March 29, 2014
Most clouds I've ever seen at the Potosi cam; Nong Khai cam has shifted downward, showing mostly the sidewalk. More people at the Ft. L. cam than I've ever seen.

Bug, it was warmer, but now it's dropped back down to 40 again! :( At least your allergies are taking a break because of the rain!

Linda, I wouldn't want to experience an earthquake, on land, or on water! :' )
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249. Thoughtsteader
3:21 PM GMT on March 29, 2014
Well, everything's looking just fine at Balboa. I was glancing at some comments from folks who experienced the earthquake last night. Many said it was a "slow roller", and that it felt like being on a boat. I wonder what it's like to be on a boat in an earthquake. I suspect it wouldn't be much different than experiencing big swells. Friends who were anchored off Phuket when the tsunami arrived said the first wave felt just like a big wake.

Anyway - the squirrels Bug saw are still enjoying breakfast. It looks like seven are there now, and one dove.
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248. palmettobug53
3:10 PM GMT on March 29, 2014
Yikes.... You're getting a lot of rain. I see you're much warmer, which is a blessing.

We had a light shower yesterday morning, with barely .10 of an inch. It stayed overcast most of the day, with a few feeble peeps of sun. We got over 2 inches last night. I think we'll get some more, before the rain pulls out later tonight.

There's a squirrel invasion at the feeder cam! I count at least 6.

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247. Ylee
1:24 PM GMT on March 29, 2014
Glad to see you and Abbey are getting out on your walks despite the icy streets, Tony! I'll try to stay dry! ;' )
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246. plapman
12:41 PM GMT on March 29, 2014
Good morning YLee.
it looks like your in the midst of a storm.
Stay dry.
Abbey and me have been getting out for walks lately but the ice on my street is terrible.
Have a good weekend.
I just read your comment on the Northern Edge.
That's the first I've heard of a boat stuck in the ice.
The dredges they use at the mouth of the Red River are usually harbored at Selkirk for the winter.
I worked on a survey of the 14th largest lake in the world, Lake Winnipeg, for 5 summers in the 70's.
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245. Ylee
12:19 PM GMT on March 29, 2014
Good morning! A rainy night turns into a rainy day! Not sure how long this will last. Temps are supposed to remain cool, with highs in the low 50s!

It's raining at several other cams too, with only Milos, Ischia, and Bacau showing sunshine! Looks to be a carnival in the background at the Nong Khai cam! Merapi is back online, but it's not showing much!

Hi, Pros! Hope you like it!
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244. Proserpina
1:10 AM GMT on March 29, 2014
A few hours early for chapter 2! Well, I know what I will be doing sometime tomorrow!
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243. Ylee
11:44 PM GMT on March 28, 2014
Time to go home! Be back tomorrow!
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242. Ylee
9:29 PM GMT on March 28, 2014
Merapi site is down.....
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241. Ylee
9:27 PM GMT on March 28, 2014
(Trying to put hands over ears) Nononononononononono! You no supposed to say!
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240. WatchinTheSky
8:05 PM GMT on March 28, 2014
Since you asked, yes - but only at work :P
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239. Ylee
7:41 PM GMT on March 28, 2014
Balboa ferry's loaded down!

Thanks, Tony! I'll have to check it out!
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238. plapman
7:20 PM GMT on March 28, 2014
Good Day Ylee
I've reopened the Northern Edge.
With permission from Environment Canada I'm using a clip from their site.
Enjoy the day.
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237. Ylee
4:53 PM GMT on March 28, 2014
Another nice sunset at Milos!

Thanks, GG!
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236. GardenGrrl
4:20 PM GMT on March 28, 2014
Your fish out of water has me hooked ;)
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235. Ylee
2:18 PM GMT on March 28, 2014
Blog tag! You win, bug! :' )
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234. palmettobug53
2:15 PM GMT on March 28, 2014
Oh, my goodness! LOLOLOLOL

That thing sure had you guys going, didn't it?

I thought it looked odd, not like any dust devil I'd ever seen. Too perfectly shaped. I briefly thought it might have been a bit of rain but that didn't seem likely

Then Sandi chimed in, saying it was a blade of elephant grass blowing about so close to the cam lens it was out of focus.

Not much going on, at the moment. The only cam that is showing any activity is the Gepexpark.

A few squirrels at the feeder cam.

I'll check out Part 2 shortly, Ylee.
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233. Skyepony (Mod)
1:53 PM GMT on March 28, 2014
Sandi~ Thanks for the explanation! After a while you can see we were trying to figure out what was making it look like that. You can see it in the foreground. Your explanation covers why it tended to have more angle when on the left too. From the perspective of standing there, couldn't come up with what would be casting such a moving shadow but thinking about it from a camera perspective & how it would out of focus a piece of grass in the foreground makes sense.
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232. Ylee
1:27 PM GMT on March 28, 2014
Let's try this again... :' )

Good morning! We had a rainy and stormy night last night, with periods of wind, rain, and lightning! Nothing severe, thank goodness! Supposed to have more of the same today!

Chapter #2 is up! Only took a month, this time! :' )

All the cams are working as they should; the Merapi cam is a mess! Volcanic ash? One guy taking a pic of the dragons.

Hopefully, I'll have a new blog Monday!

GG, it's about as buffed as I can get it! A different computer has MS Office 2003, so I run it through that to find stuff I missed! Found about a half dozen boo-boos this time!

Cal, the answer is yes! :' ) I have a Raca Baka file that has a basic outline of how the story is supposed to go, plus ages and basic bios of all the characters. Don't want Grandma saying she was a barmaid, lol! As for dialogue, most of it is on the fly.

There are times where I'm tempted to tell you all more of the inner workings, but there's the potential of giving away too much of the story, IMO. It's tricky posting one chapter at a time, instead of a whole book!

Hi, Pros! You were 12 hours early for chapter #2! :' )

Rob, just to let you know, I'm not Polish, nor am I in the buff! This brings up a question that I don't want answered: do any WUers blog nekkid? :' )

Skye, I'm sorry that you went through all that trouble for just a strand of elephant grass! :( The grass is really close to the camera, so it shows it out of focus, making it look like a tornado! Looks like one, though! Thank you for taking the time to posting them, though!

Wab, WTS, at least the elephant grass/dust devil was entertaining! :' )

CatfishJones, welcome, and thanks for stopping by! This place is always open! :' )

Sandi, thank you for clearing this up, and for posting the "Ylee friendly" photo. When I first checked out the blog, I noticed there was a wide translucent line on the right side of the image. Turns out it was elephant grass!

Mornin', Trauma!
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231. sandiquiz
1:13 PM GMT on March 28, 2014
Read chapter two... it is great!
I was sitting there with Dak and his grandma, listening to their chatter:)
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230. sandiquiz
10:51 AM GMT on March 28, 2014
Here you are Ylee, it is one of the images Skye posted.




Off North in a few hours, be back late Sunday. Have a good Weekend :)
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229. traumaboyy
10:32 AM GMT on March 28, 2014
My goodness!!!! Grass Whoopin you guys I see!!!

Good Morning Milos!!!
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228. sandiquiz
10:30 AM GMT on March 28, 2014
Still waiting - all the approvers are in bed!

At this moment in time there is a herd of gazelle at the watering hole, but you can only see them on the full size, as the grass almost is hiding them.
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227. Ylee
10:21 AM GMT on March 28, 2014
Thanks, Sandi! I just logged on a few minutes ago, and saw that my blog had shot up in comments, so I thought "What the heck?" I was writing my original response when you posted your explanation. Looking forward to the "fixed" pic! :' )
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226. sandiquiz
10:08 AM GMT on March 28, 2014
Quoting 225. Ylee:
OK, I need a volunteer to make these images "Ylee friendly"; either upload it to WU, or insert "gov" or "mil" in the URL.....

Yeah, I'm here early! Need to see if it's not a glitch in the camera........


It's not a glitch Ylee... it is a natural phenomenon. Often the grass can shoot one long piece skywards, much longer than the norm, hence it is called elephant grass. It was there on the cam, right down the right hand side just a few moments ago.

Awaiting approval in WU for one of the images.... so you can see:)
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