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  1. Comment on March Madness is upon us! in ~sports

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    I'm an Oklahoma Sooner. I don't think we're likely to meet in the tournament unless we both make it all the way. I'll have to check my bracket. Good luck unless we meet up!

    I'm an Oklahoma Sooner. I don't think we're likely to meet in the tournament unless we both make it all the way. I'll have to check my bracket. Good luck unless we meet up!

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  2. Comment on March Madness is upon us! in ~sports

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    Well, I kind of hate to say it, but ESPN is the place I created my bracket and is probably the best place to start to find info on the teams. I imagine there are better sites, though, if you go...

    Well, I kind of hate to say it, but ESPN is the place I created my bracket and is probably the best place to start to find info on the teams. I imagine there are better sites, though, if you go looking.

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  3. March Madness is upon us!

    It's time to go fill out your brackets and enjoy the show! I filled out one today and plan to fill out at least one more in the coming days. Does anybody have any upsets that they feel strongly...

    It's time to go fill out your brackets and enjoy the show! I filled out one today and plan to fill out at least one more in the coming days. Does anybody have any upsets that they feel strongly about? Good luck to everybody!

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  4. Comment on Gratitude: One Year Later in ~talk

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    I am grateful for a good wife and kids, a nice home, some privacy, a good relationship with God, a reasonably good business (all things considered), opportunities to grow and learn, good in-laws...

    I am grateful for a good wife and kids, a nice home, some privacy, a good relationship with God, a reasonably good business (all things considered), opportunities to grow and learn, good in-laws and extended family, good employees, and the ability to essentially quarantine myself and my family while still doing my job.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Google announces Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G phones, new Chromecast, and Nest Audio smart speaker in ~tech

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    I'm seriously considering jumping from the Note 9 to the Pixel 5. Anyone done similar? Any thoughts, advice, or regrets?

    I'm seriously considering jumping from the Note 9 to the Pixel 5. Anyone done similar? Any thoughts, advice, or regrets?

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  6. Comment on Google announces Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G phones, new Chromecast, and Nest Audio smart speaker in ~tech

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    The differences that would actually make a difference to me are the slightly larger battery, the wireless charging, and the water resistance. Otherwise I would save the $200 and get the 4A 5G. I...

    The differences that would actually make a difference to me are the slightly larger battery, the wireless charging, and the water resistance. Otherwise I would save the $200 and get the 4A 5G.

    I may go for the S20 FE, but I haven't looked closely at it.

    I've been a fan of the Note series for quite a while, but it just doesn't add enough value for the price any more. $1300 at AT&T? Sheesh.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Gas companies are abandoning their wells, leaving them to leak methane forever in ~enviro

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    There's not as much problem these days with abandoning wells. Plugging is a cost that is built into the budget (at least, I think it is) from the beginning. The issue that the article raised is an...

    There's not as much problem these days with abandoning wells. Plugging is a cost that is built into the budget (at least, I think it is) from the beginning. The issue that the article raised is an unusual one, and the bond is specifically for the unusual circumstances. I've thought it would be a good idea to raise the bond. Making it on a per-well basis is not as necessary because each well is in a different stage of its life cycle. When a company goes bankrupt, some of the wells are so new that only a fool would plug them. Others are old enough to maybe warrant plugging. Most horizontal wells in West Virginia are still producing, but some might be hitting their end of life. Bankruptcies here only result in a new owner of the well, not actual abandonment. Something really drastic would have to occur for a bunch of wells to be abandoned.

    Fixing leaks would be great. I think you've hit on the problem with carbon credits and such programs in general. You have to figure out a way to mitigate abuse of the system. I don't have a good answer for that one.

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  8. Comment on Tell me about your experience with martial arts in ~health

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    I haven't been able to train more than once a week yet, but based off how my aging body feels, I trust that you're 100% right about this.

    I haven't been able to train more than once a week yet, but based off how my aging body feels, I trust that you're 100% right about this.

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  9. Comment on Gas companies are abandoning their wells, leaving them to leak methane forever in ~enviro

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    I work in the industry in West Virginia, representing surface and mineral owners. While abandoned wells are a bit of an issue, the greater issue is that the little gathering lines run all over the...

    I work in the industry in West Virginia, representing surface and mineral owners. While abandoned wells are a bit of an issue, the greater issue is that the little gathering lines run all over the place and when they spring a leak they can leak for years before anyone even notices. Then it's often a slog to figure out who is responsible for the pipe. Then it can take quite a while before the company will actually fix the leak. On the other hand, I've seen one instance where a company went out and fixed a leak because it was a small, local company and the leak had gotten some attention on social media and they wanted to be good neighbors. They never did figure out who owned the line.

    Here in West Virginia the State requires a bond, just like is discussed in the article, and similarly, the bond is hardly enough to take care of more than one well. We have been working on some legislation to get an abandoned and orphaned well fund in place (shout out to Dave McMahon and WVSORO), but even that's not going to fix all the old wells in any short timeframe. It's an issue. But it's not the apocalyptic issue that the article kind of makes it out to be.

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  10. Comment on Tell me about your experience with martial arts in ~health

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    I did Jiu-Jitsu for about six months, right up until everything shut down for COVID-19. It's an intense workout. I only did it once a week, but that alone halted weight gain. I was awfully close...

    I did Jiu-Jitsu for about six months, right up until everything shut down for COVID-19. It's an intense workout. I only did it once a week, but that alone halted weight gain. I was awfully close to passing out (not choking out) from the intensity on one occasion. I enjoyed learning how to fight; it built confidence. On the down side, I was pretty constantly injured. I'm in my forties, though, so if you're younger the injury issue won't be as bad. I will start back up once I feel safe from COVID-19.....well, safer.

    If you do take BJJ, go to a gym that's pretty laid back. My gym is run by a black belt who runs the gym so he has people to spar with, not as an ego thing or even, really, as a business. Also, go as often as you can. Once a week really isn't enough.

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  11. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    So I don't game much, never really have. The last game I really played was Halo, up through Halo 4, I think. But I saw a post on Lifehacker or some such that said Borderlands 2 was free on Epic,...

    So I don't game much, never really have. The last game I really played was Halo, up through Halo 4, I think. But I saw a post on Lifehacker or some such that said Borderlands 2 was free on Epic, so I thought, "what the heck?" I've lost a lot of productivity to that one decision.......

    Actually, that productivity loss would have just been lost to some other distraction, because I rather dislike what I do at the moment, so I can't really blame the game.

    The game is fun! I've only played as the Commando so far, and I love being able to throw out turrets to do my dirty work, and I enjoy the looting aspect of the game. If anybody knows of another game that is like Borderlands 2, but even better, I'd be grateful for the tip!

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  12. Comment on Do you think there is anything from the past we should bring back? in ~talk

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    I agree. It seems like somebody should be able to overcome the technical hurdles and build a really nice zeppelin for luxury vacations. It seems like a really nice way to vacation travel, kind of...

    I agree. It seems like somebody should be able to overcome the technical hurdles and build a really nice zeppelin for luxury vacations. It seems like a really nice way to vacation travel, kind of like a really nice train would be a nice way to vacation travel.

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  13. Comment on Do you think there is anything from the past we should bring back? in ~talk

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    Seriously. Pandemics for the not-win!

    Seriously. Pandemics for the not-win!

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  14. Comment on Do you think there is anything from the past we should bring back? in ~talk

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    Kinda tough to do backyard chickens without a backyard!

    Kinda tough to do backyard chickens without a backyard!

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  15. Comment on Do you think there is anything from the past we should bring back? in ~talk

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    Yeah. It's work. It's also not terribly efficient. If you lose a couple chickens you can lose all the money you've put into them. And that's the exact reason I don't have them myself, yet.

    Yeah. It's work. It's also not terribly efficient. If you lose a couple chickens you can lose all the money you've put into them. And that's the exact reason I don't have them myself, yet.

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  16. Comment on Do you think there is anything from the past we should bring back? in ~talk

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    Growing some of your own food in your back yard and keeping a few chickens. It's hard work, but it now seems like a good idea to grow some of your own food. Community dances. Barn dances, swing...

    Growing some of your own food in your back yard and keeping a few chickens. It's hard work, but it now seems like a good idea to grow some of your own food.

    Community dances. Barn dances, swing dancing, etc. It's not a good idea at the moment, but when things return to normal, it's a good way of keeping in touch with your neighbors. People would have to learn a little more about how to dance, though.

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  17. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 31 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I was going to make the same suggestion. They keep well in a cool dark place. You should also do some butternut squash and some beans.

    I was going to make the same suggestion. They keep well in a cool dark place.

    You should also do some butternut squash and some beans.

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  18. Comment on Five US states are closing all schools over coronavirus fears in ~health.coronavirus

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    Make that six states. West Virginia announced that it's schools are closed until further notice. We also don't have any reported cases of COVID-19. Perhaps put some emphasis on the "reported" in...

    Make that six states. West Virginia announced that it's schools are closed until further notice.

    We also don't have any reported cases of COVID-19. Perhaps put some emphasis on the "reported" in that sentence. Regardless, it hasn't spread here much yet, and closing down schools now should seriously slow the spread.

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  19. Comment on A new understanding of Mars is beginning to emerge, thanks to data from the first year of NASA's InSight lander mission in ~space

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    Pretty interesting. I would have liked a little more explanation of why whirlwinds are great for subsurface seismic exploration. I can't imagine that a whirlwind would create enough vibrations or...

    Pretty interesting. I would have liked a little more explanation of why whirlwinds are great for subsurface seismic exploration. I can't imagine that a whirlwind would create enough vibrations or suction to affect the subsurface.

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  20. Comment on This simple crib cost $28,885 to make—because it was made with zero fossil fuels in ~enviro

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    That man may only be applying poly to a floor, but it's a beautiful thing to watch an expert at work! Thanks for that link!

    That man may only be applying poly to a floor, but it's a beautiful thing to watch an expert at work! Thanks for that link!

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