Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Jimmy the Stick: The Movie: Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2016

This was year 20 for Jimmy the Stick and what a year it was.  You see in the last 20 years scientists have developed a way to make "moving pictures" and with this "moving picture" technology I felt the 20th Anniversary of Jimmy the Stick would be a great time to showcase this technology.

But let me digress a bit.  Jimmy the Stick was the brain child of me and a friend of my as we were discussing work solutions and how a groundhog had just as much of a chance of discovering his shadow as a stick.   I preceded to find an official government stick next to One West Wilson and then on the given day looked to see what The Stick had seen his shadow..

Over the years Jimmy was stick-napped and a ransom was ask for, buried for a few weeks in a snow drift, took a trip to Las Vegas and forgotten about, almost held by fighter pilots, chewed on by various cats (now dead - a warning to future cats) and this year

Jimmy the Stick: The Movie: Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2016. 

Before you pop your popcorn and view I should say that I had reached out to the Mayor of our fine community as I believe this might be news worthy but my emails fell on deaf eyes.  Mayor Crombie did not want to be another Mayor of Sun Prairie.  If you recall that Mayor was bit by the Ground hog and lost his next election.  I believe the Mayor was intimidated by Jimmy.

Bottom line - Jimmy the Stick did NOT see his shadow so we will have an earlty spring - according to a stick  

So without adieu - sit down to watch 2.5 hours in the life of Jimmy the Stick condensed into 10 seconds.


OK OK - That is probably 10 seconds I bet you wish you had back as the blizzard took place AFTER I ran out of "film".  But you have never seen Jimmy more animated have you?

And by the way.

There is no "moving" picture I discover. Just a lot of still pictures all globed together to look like that move.  Yet another Steve Jobs lie.

Moving Picture Technology got this shot

Speaking of the storm (the snow this morning is STILL part of this Colorado LOW) - everyone is all anal about how everybody got it totally wrong.

Here is how totally wrong the forecast was 6 days before the storm hits and what really happened.

There were people in social media saying there were forecasts of 32 inches - well . . . . . a groundhog could forecast 32 inches and would you believe him?

And since everybody in American gets their MAIN scientific forecast from NOAA except Channel 27 (owned by The Weather Channel) Davis at NOAA said "every forecasts highlighted how such a subtle shift by a massive storm can spell huge changes in a forecast. This is something we highlighted every day leading up to the event. Every day."  But people did not really hear that part.

This is an awesome map that showed the 8 days before we got the snow.  Actually the first hint was really 2 days earlier and from pure geekyness isn't it amazing?   Being able to predict ANYTHING that is basically coming out of Russia is truly amazing.

That's all for today - a lot on my mind BUT . . . . got to get to work.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Gil Fulbright for President

Fascinating storm coming - 5-8 inches with a crap load of wind. Tuesday afternoon should have dubious amounts of snow, very very heavy at times until some warm air wraps around the snow causing sleet and then a dry slot develops Tuesday night which will slow down the snow.  A wrap around should give an additional few inches as the LOW moves away Wednesday.

Snow starts a little before sunrise and peaks in the afternoon.

There won't be any arctic air moving in behind this Colorado LOW.  That happens next week.


Anybody watch Downton Abby-Game of Thrones addition last night?  OMG!!  I guess that is what actually happens when you ulcer explodes.  They had so problems filming as some "blood" ruined an antique dress and ALMOST hit some historical carpeting.


NHL ALL-Star game.  LOL

John Scott, the enforcer was voted into the All-Star game and immediately dropped from his team and no other team wants him because he's an asshole.  Then he was reluctantly allowed to play in the All-Star Game and then won the All-Star Game MVP and 1 million dollars.  Now he can go home and get a job at McDonalds.


Since 2009 1/3 of Chicago police have misconduct lawsuits (124 officers) accounting for 34 million dollars.  WOW!


Bank of America Merrill Lynch says there is a major wealth transfer happening.  3 trillion dollars a year are NOT going to oil producers but into consumers hands around the world.

The Columbus Journal has stepped up their game of late -



A new study of people with migraines who tried cannabis as a medication found that the number of migraines decreased from 15 to 4.6 a month while 85% said they had less total migraines per month.


VOTE FOR Honest Gil

Friday, January 29, 2016

Storm increases in intensity!

I think the approaching storm is not going to surprise anybody.  In my travels yesterday I kept hearing people talking about 10 inch's and so forth and I was wondering where all these rumors were coming from. I had heard of nothing but MAYBE 8 inches.

This morning I looked at the scientific conversations online and I see they are getting rather excited and expectations have been raised from 5-8 inches last night at 11:00 to 8-12 inches now as the two main models are getting more inline with each other.  This will be a wet heavy snow with a good amount of wind.  The start time has been locked in at 7:00 in the morning Tuesday and this would be a 24 hour snow event.

That is the storm just off Vancouver. Should move south and reform in Missouri before moving north clipping southeast Wisconsin.

The reason for the increase amount of snow is that they believe there will be no "mix precipitation" and will be all snow.


In other news the GOP had a debate last night that was like an actual adult debate.  I did not see it as I had home brew club (Sun Prairie Worthogs)  but reading political science articles Rand Paul was the winner with Marco Rubio a close second.  Ted Cruz had his worst performance as he sounded rather rough without Trump making him seem "normal".

The only chance the GOP has of winning the election is if Rubio wins the nomination (which I believe he will).  I still say this is a Clinton/Rubio race.


Only 17 states require high school students to take personal finance classes.  Does Columbus require this? I would think this would be a no brainer requirement. Knowing how to handle money, to me, seems like an important thing.


I see Paul Allen's yacht destroyed 80% of a protected reef off the Caymen Islands. 14,000 square feet of reef GONE.


The Bank of Japan now has lowered interest to  -0.1%.  YUP - NEGATIVE interest.  They are trying to force banks to give out loans.


There was a survey of teens in America and what they are thinking and talking about and so forth.

Most get their first smart phone at 11.  Most do most of their shopping online (the death of big box stores in the future).

The most popular app on their phone (which is one of the most important things they have) is Snapchat by a landslide.  Facebook was not on any list of favorites,  Twitter was low in the rankings also. Instagram and Spotify was way up there.

The most UNCOOL was anything Google+.

80% said they had no idea what "finsta" was (fake Instagram account) and 92% said they did not have one . . . . hmmmmmm  curious numbers  LOL

Teens say the best smart phones are the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy 5S.  80% have one of those 3 phones.

Netflix was the clear winner of what they watch on TV and 53% watch stream TV shows compared to cable.


My favorite thing to eat at Subway is their Sweet onion chicken teriyaki sandwich,  Now I find out their footlong has 32 grams of sugar in it . . . no wonder I like it.


That's it - watch the weather to see how the storm plays out!