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#77 Jan 30 2014 at 12:05 PM Rating: Good
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I think Atlanta's failure to pre-treat the highways was the biggest single cause of the massive pile-ups.
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#78 Jan 30 2014 at 12:17 PM Rating: Decent
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Atlanta's situation is also largely impacted by the great many people who travel to work on interstates.

So unlike here! Why, there are dozens of effective thoroughfares into Boston that can be chosen to avoid traffic congestion. The city is famous for it.


Boston proper is 48 square miles. Atlanta is 131 square miles. Chicago wins at 234 square miles, but CTA kicks MARTA's ***.

Try the Westchester/NYC commute in a blizzard. We can't keep Metro-north on the tracks but six inches of snow doesn't result in abandoned cars along the Major Deegan or scores of deaths.
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Boston proper is 48 square miles.

"Boston proper" is kind of meaningless. That the municipal boundary is larger doesn't make the immediate metro area larger. It may be, I have no idea, but "Boston proper" has a population of like 500k people. "Greater Boston" the metro area around the city has a population of 4 or 5 million. Atlanta might be larger than both, again, I have no clue, but it's not like the interstate goes from 4 lanes in Cambridge to 30 when it crosses over into "Boston Proper"
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Without getting into a ******* contest over metro areas in terms of size and population, let's just say Boston and its surrounding areas is a bit more dense. Atlanta is the 6th sprawliest city in the nation, and also has the 6th longest average commute time.

Interestingly enough, Kansas City is only the 8th sprawliest, but it has the highest number of freeway miles per capita for big cities. (Atlanta wants to win that title by eventually adding in a second interstate loop.) Atlanta is #6 there as well. Boston is #31. Chicago has the 2nd least number of freeway miles per capita for big cities, losing only to Las Vegas.
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Without getting into a ******* contest over metro areas in terms of size and population...

That's what Gbaji says when we laugh at him about his Big City San Diego stories Smiley: grin
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I don't think I saw San Diego on any of those top ten lists. LA, on the other hand... Those poor people.
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#83 Jan 30 2014 at 1:54 PM Rating: Decent
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That's what Gbaji says when we laugh at him about his Big City San Diego stories

Hey, come on now, they have 1.5 major sports teams and..a university? There's one there somewhere, right?
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#84 Jan 30 2014 at 3:01 PM Rating: Excellent
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Granted, there are techniques required to drive in the snow and for when you hit patches of ice, and most Southerners do know the basic "Don't hit the breaks, steer into the skid and gradually guide the car back on track, etc" but there's nothing you can do when the entire road is a sheet of ice. It's simple physics. .


Yeah, bullshit. People here drive on untreated ice every winter, but shockingly without 1000 car pileups. There's no magic "instant salt" truck that predicts every ice formation during our 90 below freezing days per year.



Edited, Jan 30th 2014 12:15pm by Smasharoo



You're right. There isn't any magic "instant salt truck". That's my point. If you're lucky enough to not live in "Holy fug are we ever incompetent, we need to get our shibbet together" Georgia ( Paraphrasing Gov'na Nathan Deal), you have smart folks that send out the trucks BEFORE the shibbet hits the fan and you can't treat the roads because they're covered in cars.


In other places, if there's a threat of adverse conditions, ya'll take care of it. In GA they just cross their fingers and pray to the white baby Jesus.


Edited, Jan 30th 2014 4:06pm by CoalHeart
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You're right. There isn't any magic "instant salt truck". That's my point. If you're lucky enough to not live in "Holy fug are we ever incompetent, we need to get our shibbet together" Georgia ( Paraphrasing Gov'na Nathan Deal), you have smart folks that send out the trucks BEFORE the shibbet hits the fan and you can't treat the roads because they're covered in cars.

Yeah, I understand. My point was we don't pre-treat roads every day that's below freezing or near it and one some of those days, **** falls from the sky and freezes, frequently invisibly, on the roads. Yet we still don't end up with small scale catastrophes over it. Busy ER nights, sure. States of Emergency, no. It's not that odd, really. I imagine we'd fair very poorly in a 6.5 earthquake or the like.
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#86 Jan 30 2014 at 3:09 PM Rating: Good
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You're right. There isn't any magic "instant salt truck". That's my point. If you're lucky enough to not live in "Holy fug are we ever incompetent, we need to get our shibbet together" Georgia ( Paraphrasing Gov'na Nathan Deal), you have smart folks that send out the trucks BEFORE the shibbet hits the fan and you can't treat the roads because they're covered in cars.

Yeah, I understand. My point was we don't pre-treat roads every day that's below freezing or near it and one some of those days, sh*t falls from the sky and freezes, frequently invisibly, on the roads. Yet we still don't end up with small scale catastrophes over it. Busy ER nights, sure. States of Emergency, no. It's not that odd, really. I imagine we'd fair very poorly in a 6.5 earthquake or the like.


I see your point, something is obviously fugged up here in GA, but I'm not going to admit that everyone driving like it's NASCAR, no matter the road conditions is a factor. It's obviously some politician's fault. :)
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You're right. There isn't any magic "instant salt truck". That's my point. If you're lucky enough to not live in "Holy fug are we ever incompetent, we need to get our shibbet together" Georgia ( Paraphrasing Gov'na Nathan Deal), you have smart folks that send out the trucks BEFORE the shibbet hits the fan and you can't treat the roads because they're covered in cars.

Yeah, I understand. My point was we don't pre-treat roads every day that's below freezing or near it and one some of those days, sh*t falls from the sky and freezes, frequently invisibly, on the roads. Yet we still don't end up with small scale catastrophes over it. Busy ER nights, sure. States of Emergency, no. It's not that odd, really. I imagine we'd fair very poorly in a 6.5 earthquake or the like.


I see your point, something is obviously fugged up here in GA, but I'm not going to admit that everyone driving like it's NASCAR, no matter the road conditions is a factor. It's obviously some politician's fault. :)


Wait, you mean the 75 and 85 labels on the road titles aren't the speed limits?
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#88 Jan 30 2014 at 3:12 PM Rating: Good
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Wait, you mean the 75 and 85 labels on the road titles aren't the speed limits?




I think you're on to something here.
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#89 Jan 30 2014 at 3:21 PM Rating: Good
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Wait, you mean the 75 and 85 labels on the road titles aren't the speed limits?

I frequently drive 84, 87 and 90...
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The pokemon card game was surprisingly good when I played it about, uh, a decade ago. I don't like the rules bloat you get in long-running tcgs, though.

I guess at some point they streamlined M:tG and I found it surprisingly intuitive considering that it was getting bloated when I got out (need new card ideas = new rules). I had expected it to be a huge mess after another 15 years of that but they must have ironed it all out.

I'm suprised to hear this. I played a few times maybe 3 years ago (prior to that, I stopped playing around the time Fallen Empires came out) and I had a hard time playing due to all sorts of new abilites. They removed mana-burn because players thought it was unfair. And the trend of players seemed to be that after I said I was done, they go "well, right before your turn ends, I do this and tap all their mana to gain it to their pool before untapping again". I really want to keep ranting about why it was better in '93ish than now.
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I'm 99.99% sure mana is gone at the end of every turn so tapping your land right before the opponents turn ends does nothing, at least it sure didn't last time I played tournaments (which has been a good 6 or 7 years, but still). I think one of the biggest problems with MtG when I quit was that the metagame in T1 and T1.5 (a.k.a all cards but limited to 1 per deck for the most powerful ones and all cards minus the too powerful ones) was that the game became too much I react to your reacting to me reacting to you reacting to me reacting to you playing this card in reaction to me playing this other card.

I'm pretty sure T1 is still in that sort of limbo where almost all decks can pull off a 1 or 2 turn kill but most games are 10+ turns of both players doing precious little to wait and make sure thy can counter every possible counter the opponent has and get their combo through so they can win which leads to an oddly slow metagame of control decks waiting for their one combo. I'm not sure how Legacy/T1.5 handles that but at least I think goblin decks are viable there still and they're just sheer aggression so that shakes up the metagame a bit, no idea how Extended (last 4 or 5 years worth of sets, I think) works these days and T2 (last ~2 years worth of sets) changes so often it stays relatively simple and manageable for new people.
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#92 Jan 30 2014 at 4:36 PM Rating: Excellent
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A bit late but Augusta didn't get it too bad. Worst pileup we had was Deans Bridge Road just west of the interstate (the road south of ghetto walmart) there was a 25 car pileup. Decent climb going east towards the interstate and well, you know the drill.

Schools were cancelled from around 1pm Tuesday all the way through today. Although the roads were dry this morning for the most part. I imagine there were still some slick spots here and there but I didn't see any ice this morning.

Can't wait for the weather to get close to 70 this Sunday.
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I'm suprised to hear this. I played a few times maybe 3 years ago (prior to that, I stopped playing around the time Fallen Empires came out) and I had a hard time playing due to all sorts of new abilities.

Most of the card abilities are defined right on the card these days which makes it easier. Doing away with Interrupts was a godsend. I also played from Antiquities through Fallen Empires/Ice Age and by the time FE/Ice Age came out they were starting to throw more and more abilities into the mix but it seems better now. At least, like I said, I was able to get into it without any trouble -- I think I had to look up one ability on the sheet that came with his cards.

I think they might have done away with Banding. I hope so... no one ever seemed to really understand that rule and people would argue about it constantly.
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#94 Jan 30 2014 at 5:41 PM Rating: Good
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#95 Jan 30 2014 at 6:46 PM Rating: Good
OH NO SOME ICE AND AN INCH AND A HALF OF SNOW!!!!! PANIC.

Hi from Canada -37 here today with two and a half feet of snow in my front yard. Been there since Jan 25th all of it. I got a hill beside my drive over 6 ft tall accumulated Drive way clearings since November.

wanna trade?

Sissys. Put down some sand from your sunny beaches.

also lol for snow day for people at work and sh*t in Canada we don't even shut down our highways. People get stuck they wait until the army comes to dig them out. Or like real men and women walk to the nearest timmys.

Harden up Atlanta.

Edited, Jan 30th 2014 7:47pm by rdmcandie
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I'm suprised to hear this. I played a few times maybe 3 years ago (prior to that, I stopped playing around the time Fallen Empires came out) and I had a hard time playing due to all sorts of new abilities.

Most of the card abilities are defined right on the card these days which makes it easier. Doing away with Interrupts was a godsend. I also played from Antiquities through Fallen Empires/Ice Age and by the time FE/Ice Age came out they were starting to throw more and more abilities into the mix but it seems better now. At least, like I said, I was able to get into it without any trouble -- I think I had to look up one ability on the sheet that came with his cards.

I think they might have done away with Banding. I hope so... no one ever seemed to really understand that rule and people would argue about it constantly.

Banding was simple. If I'm using banding while defending, I get to choose who takes the damage so only one of my creatures has to die. But then I tended to play unorthodox and used cards people hated. While my friends were all about getting the biggest creatures out, I loved my kismet/meekstone combo, destroy their land by animating it then using Tim to kill it, or set enough enchantments that they take damage if they tap land for mana, but also take damage if they don't.

Or my personal favorite jerk move once I had the mana (since nobody bothered with disenchantments). Island Sanctuary to prevent all attacks except islandwalk and flying at the cost of skipping draw phase, Jayemdae Tome so I could draw a card, undertow to stop islandwalk (or magical hack change terrain type), and scarecrow to stop flying.

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Banding was simple. If I'm using banding while defending, I get to choose who takes the damage so only one of my creatures has to die.


I thought that was the normal rules for defending. Offensive player taps his attacking creatures, and defender gets to stack his defenders against them how he wishes. Owner of the creature(s) in a stack decides how damage is divided up amongst them.

My understanding was that banding allowed you to "band" creatures together on attack. So the defender couldn't just block this creature or that one, but had to block both/all in the band (and thus potentially lose part of the advantage of being the defender). Maybe I remember wrong though. It's been a long time since I've played.
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OH NO SOME ICE AND AN INCH AND A HALF OF SNOW!!!!! PANIC.

Hi from Canada -37 here today with two and a half feet of snow in my front yard. Been there since Jan 25th all of it. I got a hill beside my drive over 6 ft tall accumulated Drive way clearings since November.

wanna trade?

Sissys. Put down some sand from your sunny beaches.

also lol for snow day for people at work and sh*t in Canada we don't even shut down our highways. People get stuck they wait until the army comes to dig them out. Or like real men and women walk to the nearest timmys.

Harden up Atlanta.

I like the cut of your jib, sir. Newsletter?
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Yeah, I'm driving a truck with standard wheels and front-wheel drive.

I'm kind of curious what make/model this is. I don't know of any pickup trucks that are front-wheel only drive.
#101 Jan 30 2014 at 10:35 PM Rating: Good
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A bit late but Augusta didn't get it too bad. Worst pileup we had was Deans Bridge Road just west of the interstate (the road south of ghetto walmart) there was a 25 car pileup. Decent climb going east towards the interstate and well, you know the drill.

Schools were cancelled from around 1pm Tuesday all the way through today. Although the roads were dry this morning for the most part. I imagine there were still some slick spots here and there but I didn't see any ice this morning.

Can't wait for the weather to get close to 70 this Sunday.


Oh, I didn't know you were in Augusta. I was born on Fort Gordon and raised in Hephzibah (daddy was retired army) in the vast suburbs off Boykin road.

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