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About bcl05

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    The Special Teams Ace
  • Birthday 03/13/1975

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    All 36 years of my life
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    Jim Lachey
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    Rochester, MN
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  • Birthdate
    March 13
  • Interests
    Birding, medicine, cooking, crosswords

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  1. Hey! that's where I live! I don't remember the last shooting we had here.. Not the best way to make the news. What a bunch of dummies (everyone involved.)
  2. Because we all need a charming sweet story once in a while. I love this. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/curbside-gyms-new-zealand-kea-parrots-trouble-traffic-cones
  3. 2017 - 18 Washington Capitals Thread

    I don’t get that goal. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the refs not blow the whistle on a delayed penalty situation like that.
  4. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-attacks-protections-for-immigrants-from-****hole-countries-in-oval-office-meeting/2018/01/11/bfc0725c-f711-11e7-91af-31ac729add94_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_no-name%3Apage%2Fbreaking-news-bar&tidr=a_breakingnews&utm_term=.0fdd9f2a3297 Ummm.... That is really, really not OK. I've lost the ability to be shocked by what an awful person our president is.
  5. Here is a link to the original study. You may not be able to see it - I'm also in an academic medical center with access. https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/pdf/10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0767 Here's another striking figure: That's >600,000 excess childhood deaths in this country. That is a staggering number, and represents a significant percentage of all childhood deaths.
  6. Podcast Recommendations

    I listen to a lot of podcasts. Some favorites: From Vox: The Weeds, and The Impact, and Worldly. All great. Freakonomics Radiolab Stuff you should know 2 recent ones that are very very good but not ongoing long-term series are Heaven's Gate (10-episode deep dive into the heaven's gate cult that had the mass suicide in the 90's) and Slow Burn (very detailed history of Watergate.)
  7. https://www.vox.com/health-care/2018/1/8/16863656/childhood-mortality-united-states This is so infuriating. Kids are vastly more likely to die here than in other wealthy democratic countries. Lots of reasons - fragmented health care system, gun deaths (82x more likely!), worse child poverty, etc. At least we don't hear the old crap from politicians "America has the greatest health care system in the world" crap so much any more... Any politician who actually wants to improve this country should start with these statistics and start fixing them.
  8. Share those pics part 2

    There's no one specific tactic. The main thing is to know your subject really really well. I've been birding for ~15 years, and generally have a pretty good sense of what I'm going to see (or what I'm hoping to see) every time I go out. I know the birds preferences regarding weather, habitat, food, etc, and plan accordingly. (I'm not taking the woodpecker bait). To keep us on track, here are some more pics...
  9. Share those pics part 2

    My office wall. I love it.
  10. Share those pics part 2

    Well, each of those owls required driving 3+ hours from home... I'm a kind of obsessed birder/bird photographer, so I do all kinds of crazy things to get the birds/photos I want. My wife barely tolerates it...
  11. Share those pics part 2

    Another beautiful day of birds...
  12. Share those pics part 2

    More bird pics. Some from a recent trip to Florida, some from right here in Minnesota...
  13. We Minnesotans think its cute when you all complain about the cold. Like I tell my kids, you’re not cold. You’re just dressed inappropriately. I spent Sunday birding in northern Minnesota. It was kind of brisk...
  14. Tax Bill

    9 million kids will lose health care from CHIP. I don't know how these people sleep at night.
  15. Such a mixed bag of a movie. I really liked parts, and other parts were so, so bad. I am in the pro-Adam Driver camp. I thought the Kylo-Rey connection was effective and convincing, and their brief teamwork in the lightsaber battle with the neo-imperial guards was great. I like his character arc, though it wasn't really any different than TFA. I like Rey. I think Ridley is a fine actress and I find her arc/motivations believable and compelling. I hated Laura Dern's character (partly because she looked stupid and can't act), but the light-speed through the dreadnaught was pretty awesome. I found Luke's training of Rey to be compelling and cool, but I though the astral projection/force hologram thing to be dumb. We haven't seen that power in previous films (at least in living people, right?) so to be inventing new force powers at this stage seems pretty ham-handed by the scriptwriters. I didn't like the space/speeder fight scenes much. Usually, those are my favorite parts of SW movies. Poe taking on a dreadnaught by himself seems far-fetched. The bombing scene was so, so predictable. The salt-speeders seemed too rickety to be believable. The movie did not make the new AT-ATs nearly cool enough or emphasized enough. Leia's post-explosion space float was one of the dumbest (and dumbest looking) things I've ever seen. Also, Carrie Fisher (RIP) acted less well than a CGI version of her. She's just bad. The casino-planet/Benicio del toro storyline felt long and kind of boring. I thought the movie was really too much of a roller-coaster tonally. The comedy was funny, but it was an awkward contrast with the serious/dark stuff. An action movie can be a great comedy (see Avengers, Thor-Ragnarok, etc) or it can be serious and brooding (Logan, Dark Knight, etc), but it can't be both. Or at least this movie didn't pull it off. The forced/excess cute of the Porgs was dumber than Ewoks. One time, fine. But. So. Many. Porgs. Enough already. I loved the last scene. Overall, though, the biggest pleasure of this movie is that it felt like the Star Wars world established in the original trilogy, in a way the prequels never did, for me. It was fun to be back, and I enjoyed it. I do think that the craftsmanship of this film is pretty poor (see above), but I still had a blast watching it.