December 17, 2012

At the Green Tower Café...

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... we're picking up signals.

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26 comments:

traditionalguy said...

Great Tower guys. The flat places like Texas and the glaciated mid-west need towers to feel better.

The Farmer said...

Can't find the thread where I asked before, but was anybody else getting audio of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter ads on the main Althouse page this morning or have I finally lost my marbles?

MadisonMan said...

@Farmer, I also got some kind of audio this morning once when I opened up an althouse page. Don't recall what it was, but it went away when I closed the tab that althouse was in.

Only happened once.

Lem said...

...if you need to shop

A shop call at the Althouse portal drew a huge crowd on Monday, despite calls for stricter credit card use...

Mitchell the Bat said...

I've always been a fan of green eyes and that tower could use one, right on top.

edutcher said...

You think that's something?

You should've seen the blue-green contacts The Blonde used to wear. She practically glowed in the dark.

The Farmer said...

Can't find the thread where I asked before, but was anybody else getting audio of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter ads on the main Althouse page this morning or have I finally lost my marbles?

I didn't, but I'm running Chrome. I was also getting a message about a Shockwave plug-in crashing while I was here, so that may have been what I was missing.

Check your browser settings.

Ann Althouse said...

"Can't find the thread where I asked before, but was anybody else getting audio of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter ads on the main Althouse page this morning or have I finally lost my marbles?""

I fixed the problem and deleted the off-topic complaints where they appeared. I appreciated being alerted to this, and the deletions were intended to avoid distractions.

This is an open-thread, and you're welcome to discuss how annoying auto-play is, but please note that I have fixed the problem

Lem said...

you're welcome to discuss how annoying auto-play is...

I cant believe I got auto-played...

EMD said...

That tower is splendidly Soviet.

bpm4532 said...

What's the frequency, Kenneth?

Nonapod said...

That tower is splendidly Soviet.

It's cold and impersonal enough but it's probably not bizarre enough.

AlanKH said...

Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight

("Subdivisions", from the Rush album Signals)

Nonapod,

The Kiev crematorium looks to weird to have been designed by someone non-Western. The Tblisi building looks like it belongs on some alien world in the Doctor Who universe. At first glimpse I thought the Belorussian exhibition center was an airport terminal. I hope that Azerbaijani hotel was built on the least tectonically active point on Earth.

AlanKH said...

bpm4532,

Winner!

Clyde said...

You want green? Check out this picture of an aurora from Norway over the weekend, from the Spaceweather.com site.

Wow!

Patrick said...

This is an open-thread, and you're welcome to discuss how annoying auto-play i

Can we discuss how annoying Autotune is?

But seriously, I wonder how many people have purchased something based upon a pop up ad of any sort, let alone an autoplayed one.

Coketown said...

but was anybody else getting audio of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter ads on the main Althouse page this morning or have I finally lost my marbles?

I can't read I Can't Believe it's Not Butter without remembering this.

Patrick said...

That was hilarious, Coketown.

Petunia said...

Ooh! Love the color! Location, please?

ricpic said...

Is that an airport tower?

Let's all go to the airport
And watch the planes fly in and out,
Beat a retreat to Joe's Bar & Grill
And down stout after stout.

Ann Althouse said...

@Petunia Lincoln, Nebraska (photo taken last summer).

Ann Althouse said...

It's not an airport tower. It's downtown. I don't really know what's going on there.

Chip S. said...

I Can't Believe It's Not an Airport!

Petunia said...

Thank you, Ann! I too thought it was a control tower.

Aaaand after spending faaaar too much time trying to find it online, I found a skyline photo of Lincoln that, combined with a map that offered both map and satellite options, and after noticing the shadow cast by the tower on the satellite view, because the green color was not visible...I determined that this structure is located about three blocks north of the state capitol building.

Further research revealed that this building is NOT in fact the Yankee Hill Cemetery, as shown on one map, but rather...

...the Windstream Communications Building and Tower.

TaDaaaaa! ;)

Petunia said...

And wow, there's some seriously bizarre grammar in that last comment!

kentuckyliz said...

We glaciated midwesterners don't build towers to feel better. We build them for a purpose 'cuz we're practical like that.

What makes us feel better is ownership of the best farmland on earth, thanks to the glaciers. And the farmland values are skyrocketing. Cha chingggg.

(grew up in IA...where even the frozen ground smells fertile...KY soil is useful only for grazing up and growing really strong leg bones in Thoroughbreds)

kentuckyliz said...

I remember in the 80s, the financial aid application form included asking for and counting the asset value of farmland. Hence, farm families who couldn't "spend" their farmland didn't qualify for financial aid, either. They might qualify for Medicaid and food stamps, but not financial aid for college.

The FAFSA formula changed to count only investment farms that you didn't live on. If you live on your farm, you don't count its asset value. Before and after, you always counted the income the farm generated, through reporting your income tax figures.

I had an upset farm family offer to bring in a box of soil, or to donate a quarter acre of land to the college to pay their kid's tuition. It wasn't just.

I grew up in the city (well, suburbs) and I still honestly cannot comprehend how farm economies work. I think they wouldn't without the government subsidies that started or escalated during the 80s farm crisis.

My farmer BIL tries to goad me by going on about mandatory sterilization of welfare mothers...I used to respond insisting also you gotta sterilize the Johnny Appleseeds who impregnate them and whose fertility rate is far higher (actually or potentially)...and I would like to compare your government welfare checks as a farmer to the AFDC benefits of my solo mom friends. You're a bigger welfare whore than they are. You produce steaks, they produce consequence free nookie. (That was before the reforms to child support enforcement laws)