2018 January 14

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Good evening! 🌌Clear and 5 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a north-northwest breeze at 6 mph. The current wind chill is -6. Another cold evening on tap, I never considered an evening walk tonight. 🔭🌑 If you dress warmly it might be a good clear night to go out and look at the stars. 

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 0 degrees at 6am. 14 degrees below normal. Maximum wind chill around -6 at 1am; North wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight. ⚠In 2017, we had cloudy skies, clearing in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 14 degrees. The record low of -20 occurred back in 1957.

Tonight will have a Waning Crescent Moon with 3% illuminated.🌑The moon will rise tomorrow at 6:07 am. The New Moon will be tomorrow with partly cloudy skies. The Blue Moon is on Tuesday, January 30th. 🌕The sun will rise at 7:22 am with the first light at 6:51 am, which is 27 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 35 minutes of darkness, a decrease of one minute and 40 seconds over last night.🌄

M. L. King Day 👳 will be partly sunny, with a high of 22 degrees at 3pm.🌞Eight degrees below normal. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph in the morning. A year ago, we had partly cloudy skies with more clouds in the afternoon. The high last year was 36 degrees. 😮The record high of 65 was set in 1995. 13.4 inches of snow fell back in 1983.

Next weekend looks to be quite warm with temperatures running 16 degrees above normal.😎😎😎 Next Saturday, partly sunny, with a high near 43. Next Sunday, partly sunny, with a high near 50. Typical average high for the weekend is 30 degrees. That’s going to be a pretty good weekend although things may be sloppy in the woods with all that melting. :D🙌

In four weeks on February 11 the sun will be setting at 5:22 pm, which is 35 minutes and 58 seconds later then tonight.⌚ In 2017 on that day, we had snow, mist, cloudy skies and temperatures between 34 and 20 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 34 and 17 degrees. The record high of 59 degrees was set back in 1981.🌎📊

This afternoon I went for a walk at Swift Wetland Preserve, which is just down the road from where I live. 🐸🌳⛄Not too icy, nice quiet walk there.

Then I went down to the library for a while. Very busy afternoon at the library. 🔰📕📗It’s good that it’s getting lots of use. 

Continuing to learn about the Max7219 Display and building my clock module. Seems to work pretty well once I updated my libraries in Arduino IDE and figured out how to use software. 🔌💻💽

Tomorrow I’m planning on going skiing 🎿assuming that I can get the ice off my truck without a scrapper. Who knows, but usually ice comes off once the defrost kicks in. I also need to go grocery shopping. 🍌🍛🍞🍗🍎 I do love those Hannaford Cream-o cookies but I probably won’t go there this week instead shopping at Shoprite. 🍪🍪 I like shopping at different stores as they have changing selections. 

Not sure where I will go, but I’m leaning towards Thacher Park OSI parcel. ❄ I would consider Partridge Run, with shotgun in sling for squirrels 🐒 but not with the roads certainly as icy as they like are up there. I’m staying way off the side roads for the next few days because I’m sure they are all just a sheet of ice. 🚘🗻

Looking ahead, National Hug Day is in 1 weeks, 💑 Winnie the Pooh Day is in 5 weeks 🍯 and April Fools Day and Easter is in 11 weeks. 🐣

🌲🌻Only 130 days remain until the start of Memorial Day Weekend!⛺🍗

Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark

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"Like managers at Uber’s hundreds of offices abroad, they’d been trained to page a number that alerted specially trained staff at company headquarters in San Francisco. When the call came in, staffers quickly remotely logged off every computer in the Montreal office, making it practically impossible for the authorities to retrieve the company records they’d obtained a warrant to collect. The investigators left without any evidence."