Jan 19

Oh it is much warmer now, thanks

We hit the double digits mid-afternoon. The teens, even. Why, it doesn’t even feel cold anymore … indoors. My lungs, which I complained about yesterday, are better indoors. It feels like an irritation, similar to some other kinds of complaints of irritation, but different. It isn’t debilitating, but it is a bit uncomfortable. I’ll be fine tomorrow, no doubt.

Six new images to see today in the books section. Click the book cover below to jump right in to today’s additions.

See all of the interesting bits from this book here. If you’d like to check out all of the stuff I’ve posted from my grandfather’s books so far, start here.

We produced sports shows in the studio tonight:

They also recorded two other programs which will be rolled out later this week.

And at home tonight, I learned that there is no bottle Best Before date:

Interesting things I found elsewhere today:

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Jan 19

Quite certain I’ve never felt cold like this before

I went into the office because, at least it is sunny?

The feels like is the important part in that chart.

I park in a parking deck precisely one block from our building on campus. The 30-or-so feet from the parking spot to the interior stairwell in the parking deck were my first real moments of being outside this morning. The stairwell exits to the street corner as close as possible to our building. Most mornings, like today, I can cut that intersection on the diagonal and walk one block, cross one more two lane street and be inside. It probably takes only slightly more time to do it than it did to formulate and type this paragraph.

And, I’m not kidding: my lungs hurt. It is so cold I think that that bit of exposure — and I was wearing an Irish sweater under a long coat, gloves, knit cap and a scarf wrapped around my delicate, Deep South-raised face — actually physically hurt me. I felt better inside, going back out in it later in the day, that same irritation.

It is cold.

So I spent the day indoors. But at least it is sunny! Check this out:

And also these:

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Jan 19

Send hot chocolate

It got cold, as promised. It is going to get colder, as promised. You’ll see. It is easy to notice the difference if you spend an entire day inside. It is one thing in the morning and the hammer part of a two-part cold front moved in during those 10-or-so hours. Overnight the anvil part of the cold front will be here. No one will be singing when the two collide.

One of the shows our students produced tonight invited a comedienne on. This was my favorite part:

There were about eight of us in the studio and she was doing this for television cameras and without the rest of the troupe she’s accustomed to. And she’s relatively new to comedy and none of this is easy. But she was game for it and that means a lot.

On the way out to the car I shot some footage and then I filed a report to the social media video networks:

The temperature fell another 10 degrees before I could actually upload that video. Think warm thoughts.

Under the very real possibility of -40 degree temperatures in the next 36 hours, the IU campus decided to cancel classes tomorrow. So no school. But campus isn’t closed. So some people, including some students, will still be working. And it will still be way down in the negatives. Think warm thoughts.

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Jan 19

But wait! It gets worse!

This was tonight:

And it wasn’t that bad, really. I’m running in tights and a t-shirt and over that there is a special lightweight running jacket. You wouldn’t think it would do much by appearances, but on the inside that jacket has some special material that basically turns you into a baked potato.

Once you get your heart rate up you’re basically running 20 degrees warmer than the ambient temperature anyway, so that’s about 38. And that jacket is good for another 15-25 degrees I figure. Look! I’m sweating there at the end of that brief little run.

Also, after a time, you don’t even notice the frozen fog anymore which is a concept as alien as an alien coming down to the planet’s surface, running a quick evening 5K with me and saying “This frozen fog isn’t noticeable like it is on Kerplax 7.”

Which is precisely the sort of thing the alien would say. Between deep gasps, because the oxygen content isn’t exactly perfect for him, and there’s some gravity issues relative to other planets this alien athlete is accustomed to. But he’d say that, maybe, and none of this would be nearly as weird as me thinking Huh. I didn’t even notice the frozen fog..

So the weather wasn’t that bad for an evening run, really. But it is going to get worse.

If you need me I’ll be on Kerplax 7.

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Jan 19

Video update

On Saturday I was in a t-shirt, in a park, reading in the sun. Reading in the sun until my iPad shut down because it got too warm.

We returned Monday. And yesterday I looked out of the television studio window to see this:


And then I looked at the long range forecasts.

No, and good day, sir.

So I made a new front for the website, and thought of warmer days. It basically looks like this.

But, please, go check it out. Click on all of those links while you’re there. A little traffic never hurt anyone.