2018 January 13

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Albany Pine Bush
Corning Tower Observation Deck
Delmar, NY
Delmar, New York
Folk Music
Job Creators
Penn Mountain State Forest
Rip Van Winkle Bridge
Romer Mountain
Spruce Mountain Fire Tower
US Census

January 2018
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""In a 1.5 degree Celsius warmer world"—a world we're likely to see by mid-century without a global transformation in the next decade, —"those most at risk will be individuals and communities experiencing multidimensional poverty, persistent vulnerabilities and various forms of deprivation and disadvantage.""

Growth in Jobs, First Year of Presidency

As I mentioned earlier, Jimmy Carter in 1977 created the greatest number of jobs during his first year of the presidency of any president -- a 4.9% increase in jobs in America during December 1977 compared December 1976. A lot of that had to do with the end of the first oil crisis, but still he presided over a strengthening national economy during that year. Trump's job growth is more in the middle, compared to some other presidents.

Good afternoon! Mostly cloudy and 18 degrees in Delmar, NY. Breezy, 17 mph breeze from the northwest with gusts up to 30 mph. The current wind chill is 3. The skies will clear around 7 pm. 🌬🌬🌬 I went out to my truck to get the Gadsen flag 🏁out of the back to decorate my bedroom, and I found the lock was frozen and it was cold as a mother outside. I ended up with both of the flags in my truck, because one of them got ripped at the brambles at the Ohiopyle Campground. Oh, well, they aren’t that expensive.

I got the facemask out before I headed down to the library. I look redneck as shit with the facemask and blaze orange hoodie on, but its nice and warm, so I can’t complain. Plus, now I’m at the library, where it’s plenty warm and I have internet, and it doesn’t use my data like smartphone. It’s tough being poor and unable to afford Internet at home, especially on a cold day like today. 🖥 But I’m still sure that …

🌷🌷Only 66 days remain until the first day of calendar spring!🌷🌷

I can’t wait until I can head down to the park after work, 🌳either with a book or my laptop. But that is not to be today, with the cold and still relatively early sunset. So I’m down at the library. But those days will come once again, or so I’m told.

This afternoon will have a slight chance of snow showers before 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 17.❄ Northwest wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies, clearing in the afternoon. The high last year was 44 degrees. The record high of 71 was set in 1932. 13.1 inches of snow fell back in 1964.

The sun will set at 4:45 pm with dusk around 5:16 pm, which is one minute and 9 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly cloudy conditions and 17 degrees. The wind chill around sunset will be 2. Breezy, 16 mph breeze from the northwest with gusts up to 26mph. Today will have 9 hours and 22 minutes of daytime, a decrease of one minute and 33 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 2 degrees at 5am. 13 degrees below normal. Maximum wind chill around -12 at 5am; Northwest wind 8 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. In 2017, we had mostly clear skies. It got down to 14 degrees. The record low of -24 occurred back in 1957. Maybe not below zero but cold.☃☃😿

Like many Saturdays, today was a pretty lazy one, working on some code, doing some writing and research, looking at some data, making up some maps. 🗺🖥 I guess I could have gone skiing, but I don’t want to drive anywhere with so much salt on the road, after washing my truck yesterday. Plus the windshield is frozen with ice. So it’s not going anywhere for a while, especially with the wipers frozen fast.🚛 I stocked up on food last night after going to the car wash, so I should be set for a few more days.

This evening, I plan to build the case for the first LED module that I am building. I will also do a temporary code routine with the DHT 111 display temperature and humidity, and maybe play with the RTC simulator, although hopefully the real-time clock chip I ordered will arrive, so I can design the first display with changing messages this week. It would be fun to be woken up each morning, to “Good Morning, Today is Sunday, January, 15.” “It is 60 degrees inside here.”🖥

As previously noted, there are 3 weeks until The Day the Music Died 🎶🎵🎸😭 when the sun will be setting at 5:12 pm with dusk at 5:41 pm. On that day in 2017, we had cloudy skies and temperatures between 30 and 19 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 32 degrees. We hit a record high of 57 back in 2016.

Eric Andersen – Thirsty Boots

"Thirsty Boots" is a Civil Rights era folksong by American singer-songwriter Eric Andersen that first appeared on his 1966 album 'Bout Changes 'n' Things. According to the album's liner notes, the song "was written to a civil rights worker-friend. Having never gone down to Mississippi myself, I wrote the song about coming back."

The song, one of Andersen's best known, has been covered by artists such as Judy Collins, John Denver, Anne Murray, and The Kingston Trio. In various stage appearances, Collins has claimed that Andersen wrote the song's last verse on a matchbook cover while in her bathroom.[citation needed]. Eric Andersen tells this story himself in the documentary Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation[1] Bob Dylan also recorded this song for his album Self Portrait, but it did not make the final cut. However, it was released as a 7" vinyl single in April 2013 from Bob Dylan The Bootleg Series Vol. 10.

Andersen has stated in interviews that Phil Ochs encouraged him to finish the song, and later recordings of "Boots" were dedicated to the late folksinger.