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April 29, 2016


How Do You Move a 70,000-Pound (Dead) Whale?


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VERY carefully . . .

1. Form a perimeter
2. Get the dynamite
3. move way, way back

♪ I-I hate the miserable stench it sheds
And the way the seagulls pick upon its flesh
I hear echoes from a distant time
On the wind from when blubber went to the sky

Stuck cleanin' up dead cetaceans
It's givin' me palpitations
Scar tissue from blast abrasions
Bad memories last occasion

Dead, dead, dead, dead cetaceans (Oom bop bop)
It's giving me palpitations (Palpitations, oom bop bop) .... ♫

Loved this comment: "Well, it's California. They could tax it."

They've learned.

Obligatory Edgar


*lights beach bonfire for meanie the blue*

@Jeff Meyerson... Move way back - preferably across the Colorado River into Arizona.

Free Sushi!

Spreading free ambergris to the masses, the government way.

"This is a time to get hold of the folks at the Oregon State Highway division and ask them, when they get done cleaning up the beaches, to give us an estimate on the US Capitol."-Dave Barry 1990


Yes, they have learned.

That exploding whale was one of the first video clips that I used in a web programming I taught back when the world was young.

Geezer alert: We used Archie, before it was replaced by Gopher, which was then replaced by Netscape. HTML 2.0 rocked! Prior to these, we had only FTP.

Tell him the buiffet just closed.

@pirateboy - I used Archie, and Gopher, and Veronica, and acustic couplers to connect to remote computers (at 1200 bits/second). And nobody had personal computers except a few compuer nerds like myself, at the university computing center.

I think there's an ancient Chinese proverb that says:
You don't move a 70,000 lb. dead whale. 70,000 lb. dead whale moves you.
I could be wrong.

"One onlooker, Cynthia Stern, told The Associated Press she had driven 75 miles to lay an orchid by the whale and to rub its rotting flesh with homeopathic balms.

“You could start to feel the positive energy as you walked down the beach,” she said. “Even though it’s a carcass, it’s profoundly positive — and anyone who went there is blessed.”"

Anyone else use Pine for e-mail?

I was taught by the original Newby/Newbie -- great teacher

@pirateboy, I think that video was on a CD-Rom bundled with a game magazine I bought back in the '90s

@NMUA: My husband is STILL using PINE. He's running DOS on his computer but was finally persuaded to get a laptop in order to access PINE. Now Microsoft is washing their hands of Vista and the laptop is passe. Is there any hope for the hopeless?

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