Hannah Montana 3D

This probably doesn’t interest too many grown-ups, but I’d wager that there are plenty of “tweens” in town that are excited about “Hannah Montana 3D,” which will begin playing at the Carmike theater on Friday. The movie is already setting some pre-release records, apparently, and might be the reason that the server for the Carmike company is currently down (as of 11:57 pm Wednesday night).
UPDATE, Thursday morning: Carmike site is back up, and it looks like advance tickets are $15, and $18 at the door. The show will play at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00 each day from Feb 1 through Feb 6, with a 10:00 am show on Saturday (Feb 2).

Tech Support

If you’re looking for “tech support” – hardware, software, design, networking – here’s some links to local folks who should be able to help you out: Cyndi over at Hungry Horse Studio; Mark at Keenpath; and Ron Grimshaw.

And if they can’t give you the assistance you need, I have no doubt that they can find the right person to help. And, of course, I stand ready to assist with website creation, design, and maintenance – primarily blogs, natch.

The Cold Facts

cold.jpg BRRRRRRR! Chilly enough for everyone lately? On the way to work this morning, my vehicle reported -22 degrees; on the way home at about 5:00 pm, it read -23 degrees. I think we warmed all the way up to about -15 mid-day. But not a lot of snow, much to my dismay. Yes, I love the cold, but I love the snow just as much! And yes, I know that I am in the minority…one of the very few people who would prefer today’s weather to a tropical beach.

My friend Greg, who lived in Fairbanks, Alaska for several years, has told me that -42 is the point at which it is too cold to snow told me yesterday that he never said that, so it must have been someone else at work who claimed that -42 is when it won’t snow, so I was cautiously optimistic that we would see more of the fluffy stuff today. Sigh. So is he right? Can it be too cold to snow? Short answer: not really.

Apparently, it CAN snow at just about any recorded cold temperature – but the dynamics of the atmosphere are just as important as the temperature. And the trusty folks over at the Straight Dope provide a nice summary:

So, to sum up, at temperatures near freezing, you can expect big honking snow flakes and lots of them. On those comparatively rare occasions when it snows near 0 F, you can expect individual snow crystals, but not very many of them because such cold air can’t “hold” as much water vapor. Below about -40ยบ, you can expect only very small crystals to fall, and very few of them at that.

And if Great Falls hasn’t been cold enough for you the last couple of days, and you know how to handle cold weather, you might want to consider visiting International Falls, MN, or Snag, Yukon Territory, or Oymyakon, Russia…or the coldest spot on earth: Vostok Station in Antarctica.

Is It Soup Yet?

In light of the recent -23 degrees and up to three-foot drifts of snow, I thought that this wicked little quiz (seen at Rob’s place) was rather well timed.


Click the box above to take the test yourself and see if you are more likely to be predator…or prey!

By the way, I had trouble coming up a title for this entry. Some considerations: Let’s Do Lunch; Are The Lambs Silent; Eat Your Heart Out. Can you think of a better title?

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