Gen X at 40

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Alan -

On the Mars NASA landing, I am listening to this along with other instant messangers at 11:05 EST and there seems to be 5 degrees to high an entry, a 20 minute wobble and an inability to cool. Then NASA cut from live updates from each part of the mission control to canned interviews and simulations.

Alan -

Turns out it was the attitude which was moving to 5% high not the entry angle. It is now at 1.2% off and can be as much as 10% off...

Alan -

At 11:55 pm, they got a signal from the thing on UHF radio after 10 minutes of delay. 2 minutes to airbag deflation.

Alan -

Interesting finding this idea again, a general comments post.

gr -

What I like about this corner is that it is a Law and Jays-free zone. Pitchers and catchers report shortly, and the Mets may be making interesting moves on the mound. A young dude I saw pitch at the Binghamton Mets last summer--and he could smoke em, and GM Minaya was there that night watching--named Humber may have a shot at a full season, or kept back and fresh until later in the season. It is most important to have talent on the big team, and plenty of strong young guys ready in the farm system ready to go.
It is terribly cold here lately, my thoughts go easily to Florida and the palm trees and ringing bats.

Alan -

Huh? Why is it law and Jays free? My words seem to be "anything you like".

gr -

I know, but nobody has posted here yet about the law or Jays. So, the Mets signed Park and the 18 wheelers soon head south full of bats and balls, and later this week, spring training begins.

Alan -

There was just a hawk at the birdfeeder. Neato. We are having lake effect snow this afternoon and the area is full of ducks looking for food. Probably followed them into the area.

ry -

We need more The Specials and The Beat talk around here. We haven't had a good talk about ska in good long while.

gr -

You're the man ry, putting your finger right on it. Please have a look at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28TeUbYvXS0
most fantastic.

Alan -

Best dance ska ever:<center><object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/6JoEhgUXxKg"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/6JoEhgUXxKg" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></center><p>Gary, if you cut and paste the YouTube embed link, it should work in the comments like this.

Alan -

We are having technical difficulties. This is a test. This is a test.

Alan -

I can't post about Barry Bonds as a post, an article or a comment.

Alan -

Test - yes, my keyboard works now. Excellent.

ry -

Query: What in the world is Elvis Costello's song 'Oliver's Army' about? I just don't have the cultural references, I think. I simply can't make heads or tails of it other than it is, in general, and anti-war and anti-military song. Am I missing something here. And damn that ex-girldfriend for leaving me her cds.

Alan -

Isn't it about mercenaries in South Africa so not really anti-military but anti-freelance-support-of-dictatorships. See also the headless Thompson Gunner song by Warren Zevon.

Alan -

The great thing about starting running and taking your kids is the excuse for breaks. One mighty kilometre in the books. First goal = non-stop.

gr -

This is tremendous! Well done, good start. Perhaps each kilometer equals a brew as a reward?

ry -

Here's an anti-paeon to citizen journalism you might like from New Republic, Al. http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=w070402&s=ohara040607

And here's one about the hope that Mugabe is about finished. http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20070402&s=editorial040207b

Alan -

Ran again. Aiming for twice a week instead of twice a month. Thank God for the eliptical thingie.

David Janes -

Did an hour this morning on the stationary bike; thank god for F1. Running too, though I screwed up my leg in late January and haven't tried to get my pace back.

ALan -

I ran again. Friday night run before pizza beer and baseball. Yanks and Sox.

Alan -

Another run. How to get me run: allow me to put off doing the taxes.

Wayne -

This might help you measure your improvement...

http://www.mapmyrun.com/

Phil -

After noticing the description of your blog states: "Alan is apparently a Gen X-er who has hit 40...41...42...43...44." simple deduction places your birthdate in AD 1963. This would put you in the baby boomer cohort (generally accepted to be from 1946 to 1964), not Gen X.

What up, dude?

Alan -

You're wrong, that's what.

Nicholas -

So, did I get plonked in a recent purge, or was it something specific I said? Am I now, through the time-tested traditions of the web, forced to delist you, too? ;-)

Nicholas -

I recall being linked from your "Old School Old Believer
Red Ensign Bloggers" section, but that doesn't seem to
be the case any more.

Alan -

Yes, but...hmmm...another indirect question. You must pass the test: "what happened?" I will vault you back up amongst the pantheon regardless.

Nicholas -

Thank you for my re-enlistment (re-deification? re-pumpkinification?)

I must, however, confess that I'm clueless . . . and I also don't know what happened. At least in this context.

Alan -

Was your server down for a while? You were 404 for a while.

Nicholas -

Ah, yes. I had to resort to a backup site for a few days, while my virtual landlord battened down the hatches. I tried to send word, but I forgot you weren't on the RE mailing list any more. My bad. My apple-logies.

Jon The Mechanic -

Hey Alan, can you drop me a line? I need to ask you about something.

Alan -

line dropped

Will Daggart -

Hey,

Long time reader and fan…

Have you seen this video yet? It’s so bizarre and I’m not sure if it’s legit. I know this is up your alley….
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xtc1MG9bDrg

The website seems just as bizarre.

-Will

Alan -

I have no idea what that is about whether it is NSFW or what so I am going to delink the URL.

Valerie -

Alan,
I am currently organizing a fundraiser for Trevor Greene. I wanted to know if you could post the event details on your blog. Thanks
Val

Alan -

Sure - please send the information to genx40 - at - gmail - dot - com.

ry -

Ack. We needs a fun topic, Al. Writing 4 page essay length stuff for John and his commentors is killing me. How about we start a pool for the MLB playoffs. It's almost Oct after all. SOmething like March madness would suffice I think. It's smaller and easier than that, but could still be fun.

Alan -

Fun!?!? You thinking this stuff is supposed to be fun!!!!

Lemme think.

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Alan -

The bill is in the mail.

Brad Riggleman -

Coming out of left field I know, however, I saw a very old post about the demise of your beloved ICF-2010 Sony SW radio.

Questions, Questions- Did it just stop working?
Do you still have it?

Yes, its an easy fix if the above is true.

Brad

Alan -

It healed itself! I don't recall particularly but it may have been, in the end, a problem with a bad batch of batteries.

mia -

Hey
I wanted to email this to you but couldn't find an address.
This was just in the Globe and Mail today, and has turned out to be pretty controversial.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7uW5m_tAGk&fmt=18

TRex -

Alan, why no comments on the Gazprom/Ukraine gas situation? Surely an oversight!

Alan -

Oversight!

Brandon -

Hey came across your site and It gave me an Idea of my own

A Red Ensign Flag Design

Alan's Evil Twin -

When are you going to change the name of this blog. You are 46 for God's sake. This is a shocking farce as far as I am concerned.

Allan W Janssen -

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That's why I'm featuring your blog/site on our E-Group Commentary page with a direct link back to you!
Got a lot of money tied up in this sucker, so any advice or help you can give me would be most appreciated!
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Gertrude K -

Love the picture of you at Stonehenge! Sorry your ministers are so "unseemly" we wouldn't know anything about that on this side of the Lake...

Alan -

I will have to rely on your claims to purity!

Niall from Winnipeg -

Hi Alan
What's the title/band on the 45rpm record?
YT
Niall

Alan -

You got me, Niall. I did that about seven years ago and probably just found a jpg of a 45 on the internet somewhere.

Lee -

If you would like a widget for your website to display the current total of federal debt, visit here: http://www.taxpayer.com/blog/17-03-2010/debt-clock-widget-canadian-webmasters

Fiachra -

Send Ig-idiot back to US or RUssia. Canada will go to hell if he is elected. He only wants to be PM but sounds/acts like a pompous idiiot!

Fiachra -

Send Ig-idiot back to US or RUssia. Canada will go to hell if he is elected. He only wants to be PM but sounds/acts like a pompous idiiot!

James -

Hey Alan,

Wondering where on the Kingston shore line you are (were) viewing the towers/stacks in Oswego?
I live in Bath and am interested to assist in summer time lake wind obvervations and possible navigation.

Thanks,
James

Laura Heller -

Hey. I would like to follow your blog, but I do not see your Follow Me button. I would like you to check me out at www.thegummerchronicles.com and like it. (All of that together sounds like an awkward date.)

Laura Heller -

Hey. I would like to follow your blog, but I do not see your Follow Me button. I would like you to check me out at www.thegummerchronicles.com and like it. (All of that together sounds like an awkward date.)

Alan -

No, it sounds like a "no" answer to a date request.

Tom Rhymes -

Mr. McLeod you're not fooling anyone in La Bell Province with the "at 40" part. Here, where dinosaurs name Parizeau have been trotted out to try and salvage the sinking BQ ship, Mr. Estok and I are slowly tromping to 50 with fond memories of Al McLeod, the Expos and the Wardroom Lounge.

TR

Alan -

Tom! So, it's you and Estok who have managed the NDP campaign in Quebec. Only fitting with Chiz in charge of the Tories.

William Reeves -

I just wanted to show you guys what I am doing with old vintage and
retro items that I turn into beer tap handles.
maybe you could post it on your site. I actually used to work at the
Foodery in Philadelphia where we carried your magazine. I have always
been a fan. please check out my work when you get a chance.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/reeveswilliam

M Gibbs -

Do you have a link or any information about how political affiliation (I think it was) was "read in" to the Charter and if/how you were involved in this case? I'm having a hard time finding info and would be very grateful.