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September 21, 2021

Open Thread – Alan Rickman’s Last Wish

I usually hate ‘click-bait’ headlines, so I apologize for this one. But when Hans Gruber and Severus Snape asks you to do something – you do it.   Before Alan Rickman passed away Alan Rickman recorded this plea for help making this video go viral. Watch it, and let the voice that could send chills down Harry Potters spine explain why you must. Oh and after you’ve done that, be sure to tune into the Democratic Debates tonight… that is if you’re not watching the NFL playoffs or Downton Abbey.

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Open Thread – The Alaska Highway

It’s a new year and so I figured it’s time to bring back the weekly open thread posts. I want to know from everyone what their New Year’s resolution is – and how long they think they will last. My resolution is to stop spending all my extra money on camera gear and related accessories. I’m betting I’ll last a month. Completely unrelated to my question, here’s a fun video I found a while back discussing the creation of the Alaska Highway. January 4th, 2 years ago I was driving this highway during the Polar Vortex, shockingly I survived without…

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The Weekend Off – News You Missed

Alaska ADN – Jail contractor calls for end to free local phone calls In the jailhouse phone business, the usual practice in the United States has been for the company that provides telephones behind bars to pay a “commission” to the government agency that allows it to serve a captive customer base. Fairbanks Daily Miner – Lockheed Martin wins Alaska spaceport contract The state-owned space agency on Friday named Lockheed Martin the winner of a bidding process to reconfigure a launch pad to accommodate larger rockets than what the Kodiak Launch Complex can currently handle. Juneau Empire – South Korean vessel heads to…

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Open Thread: Weekend At Brian’s

This fellow was not that pleasant. One might say he was crabby. The locals here in Cape Cod are usually much friendlier. The tide was on it’s way in so Brian bid his adieu and move on to some sight seeing.  

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Open Thread: Brian Goes on Vacation

Well, actually it’s Brian’s east coast twin. He’s on vacation on Cape Cod, soaking up the rays and meeting the locals. While it looks in this photo that Brian might be stuck in the mudflats, he’s not – it’s just the sandy beaches of Provincetown Harbor. More post cards from the Cape to come…  

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Open Thread – Hello From the Atlantic

I’m with my family out on Cape Cod, MA enjoying the solstice sun and trying to stay away from the news. So, mudpuppies – what am I missing?

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Open Thread: World Cup, Day One

The FIFA World Cup begins with the first game (4pm Eastern time or 12pm Alaska time) – Brazil vs. Croatia. If I was a betting man, my money would be on Brazil, home court advantage and well… they’re Brazil. As a man without a team, I’ve decided that I’m playing it game by game. In Brazil vs. Croatia, I’m going to root for Brazil. So I ask you Mudpuppies – who’s your team? Who’s going to make it to the finals? Who’s the underdog that’s going to surprise us all? Check out the Guardians sports writers take on it all. Make…

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Open Thread: Alaska Girls

A friend sent me this intriguing movie poster the other day. Which of course meant that I had to find out about this movie, it looks fantastic. Unfortunately after spending far too long investigating I came up with no such film. There was a film called “Dragstrip Girls” staring Fay Spain who IMDB describes as “your typical B-movie drive-in bad girl – sometimes blonde, sometimes brunette, always bodacious.” After doing a reverse image search I found the awesome movie poster below, which someone photoshopped. Also, the fantastic sounding trailer… which I think we need to do a remake of.

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Open Thread: Found Aurora

Just searching through my Alaska archives and came across a folder of some wonderful aurora photos from late last year. You can see the rest over at my new photo site (and get prints, if you like) at www.zdroberts.com.  

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Open Thread: Think Warm Thoughts

I know Alaska has had a weirdo Winter, but here in New York we’re ready for it all to end. For now, here’s a photo from spring of last year at Bird Creek. Think warm thoughts.

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