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A tour of the new Waterloo Regional Police Services Division 3 headquarters last night with my son's Beavers group (Tiger Cubs for those of you in the US, a Scouting group for boys and girls). Never let a group of 5-7 year olds come up with questions to ask the police. They ranged from "Do you have an AK-47", to "Do you have a shotgun?", to "Do you have an M-16?"
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" Is it true that there's a point on a man's head where if you shoot it, it will blow up?" 
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Hey all – just started a Storium game entitled "Ghosts in the Concrete", an urban fantasy game, and I have no idea where it's going to go. I think it'll end up going a little like an Apocalypse World game where I've got some story points that might, or might not, get hit.

For characters I've got a new ghost, an ancient vampire, a monster hunter, a wizard, and a now-mortal god of Asgard.
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I'll write up the next scene tomorrow, Aaron. You can write your way in. Have fun.
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I don't think that's a maple leaf. #StJacobsFarmersMarket
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It really is amazing what things turn up at that market. :)
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I can see my house and cottage from here!
 
A Great Freeze Over the Great Lakes | NASA Aqua
February 21, 2014: Ice cover on North America’s Great Lakes reached 88 percent in mid-February 2014—levels not observed since 1994. The average maximum ice extent since 1973 is just over 50 percent. It has surpassed 80 percent just five times in four decades. The lowest average ice extent occurred in 2002, when only 9.5 percent of the lakes froze.

The images above were acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on February 19, 2014. The first image shows the Great Lakes in natural color in the early afternoon, when ice covered 80.3 percent of the lakes, according to NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

“Persistently low temperatures across the Great Lakes region are responsible for the increased areal coverage of the ice," said Nathan Kurtz, cryospheric scientist NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Cold air and winds remove heat from the fresh water until it reaches the freezing point, at which point ice begins to form on the surface. “Low temperatures are the dominant mechanism for thickening the ice, but secondary factors like clouds, snow, and wind also play a role.”

“We had an early ice season this year, owing to cold temperatures in the fall and early winter,” added George Leshkevich of NOAA’s Great Lakes lab. “Ice was reported on bays and harbors of the Great Lakes as early as the end of November, as opposed to the normal timing of mid-December.”

The frozen lakes have implications well beyond the water surface and the winter. Extensive ice cover on the Great Lakes can change the patterns and amounts of the famous “lake effect” snowfall in the region, explained Walt Meier, a cryospheric scientist at NASA Goddard. When the lakes are mostly ice free, cold west or north winds blow over the warmer water, pick up moisture, and then drop snow on the lee side of the lakes (usually eastern and southern shores). When the lakes freeze, the effect generally shuts down. However, the region is still receiving a fair amount of snow this winter due to other weather patterns, Meier noted.

Lake levels could be affected in the summer. Winter ice cover generally reduces evaporation during winter months. If that turns out to be the case in 2014, it would be “good news for local water supplies, as well as for shipping and recreational use,” Meier said.

A 2012 study published in the Journal of Climate by scientists from NOAA’s Great Lakes lab found that winter ice cover on Lake Superior decreased 79 percent from 1973 to 2010. The study also showed that ice cover on the lakes is highly variable and difficult to predict.

Image Credit: Aqua MODIS images courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Landsat image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Caption Credit: Kathryn Hansen, NASA’s Earth Science News Team, with Mike Carlowicz.

Instrument: Aqua - MODIS

Credit: +NASA Goddard +NASA's Earth Observatory 

#NASA   #Earth   #Science #GreatLakes #America #USA   #Canada #Satellite #Aqua
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Getting ready for the podcast. Yum yum, Innis & Gunn.
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It's about time... the classic Chic tract made into a movie feature.
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Played some DayZ with +Glenn Tally and +Andrew Medeiros tonight. This game play so much differently with friends. +Josh Stiller helped me get the jump on the game, and now I'm feeling much less terrified about zombie survival in Chernerus. 
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It's not the zombies that scare me in this game, so much as the other players.
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A real shame about the loss of Harold Ramis. He gave us some wonderful memories and laughs!
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Date night at Borealis Bar and Grill last night was awesome. Pictured is my Longhorn Bison Meatloaf, locally produced. Also tried their tequila caesar and the bacon caesar, as well as the honey vanilla creme brulé and the chocolate torte. Afterwards, we managed to get a tour of the rest of the restaurant, which is partially a 150+ year old school house. What a great night.
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I pick up lunch from Melitsa's once or twice a month. Always friendly, the food is always great (I typically get pork or chicken souvlaki with olives and some dolmades), and the prices are reasonable.
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Stopped in at Cristo's for the first time today. The deli is large, clean and spacious with a few tables to sit and eat (Euro 2012 was on the television). I ordered the House Special sandwich, which came with two types of meat, as well as provolone and wonderfully fresh veggies. Also got a butter tart and something to drink. Staff was courteous and friendly. Many other items on the menu to choose from, which I plan on trying out. You can give them you email address to receive notifications on their daily specials.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
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I've been going to Subworx regularly for several years now, and I've always been pleased with the product. The now offer $5 subs, all day every day, and the choices are great. Check out their selection of hot sauces as well.
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The guys at G&T are very friendly, professional, timely and good at what they do. Five stars.
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