"That's What I Want!"

photo, fastfood, maison de gyros, rue huchette Fastfood in the Quartier Latin.

Metrical News and Thrills

by Ric Erickson

Paris:– Monday, 12. February:–  Blue skies are fleeting and kind of rare but the temperature is holding on to 10 degrees or more, so I should be the last to complain, even if I don't need to use my new gloves. Details below at the little weather corner –

The Little Weather Corner

Today's big surprise was provided by the TV–weather news. The young guy got a haircut because it seems like he is taking over from the two girls and the strange dude with the checkered suits, and it looks like he may have had something to do with the new maps. They should of had a warning – Attention! we are showing the weather with new maps!

It was all different. It was like in a different country. Luckily I have Le Parisien's maps as a backup, even if their weather is 18 hours older. First off, according to the radar there was a lot of rain sweeping across France today. Maybe it was a little rain contained in a lot of sweeps.

For tomorrow, Tuesday, we start with one sweep, from north to south, just to the west of here. During the day, at two minutes past noon – or midday, which isn't the same thing – the sweep sweeps through here, plus everyplace north and south. With the new maps I am not sure if the sweep is good news of bad news. I thought the orange part was the bad part because of the Orange Alerts.

photo, metro sign, daguerreto the métro and ride.

At least Wednesday is simple. There is to be a southwest wind and everything else will be crummy. On Thursday, the whole northwest including this here part, will be the opposite of orange, and he said orange will be nice. Not here then, but south of the Loire. At least it seems clear now that orange on the map is good news. Temperatures should be 11, 10 and 12 in the order, respectively. I'll get the hang of this, soon so long as we don't have any Orange Alerts.

From the other side of the Atlantic sportsnews is getting active again but we expected as much after the Stuporbowl. We switch our arms, shoot our cuffs and turn to Météo Jim, with the latest... sports?.

Esperanza Con Leche

Even as we speak – or write – the catchers and pitchers for the Yankees start their spring training this Tuesday in Florida as the Boys of Summer begin their rituals and the failed hopes of last year will be revived anew.

A review of the weather is now in order. As Mee–a–mee was drenched in rain last Sunday, a super frigid arctic cold wave came to visit from the Midwest where temperatures reached minus 42 a–grad. No conversions to euro–grad are possible because the EU declared anything below minus 40 to be the same temperature for a–grad and euro–grad. This is the only point at which the two temperature scales agree. As un–European, capitalistic, having no socialist tendencies and only two innate ideas and Anglo Saxon inspired, Pommeland didn't experience these temperatures, but Monday saw a dusting of snow and highs in the low to mid–teens a–grad. Skies were a beautiful blue along with wind chills below 0 a–grad. In the meantime, parts of New York State, aka extreme northwestern Pommeland, have been buried under 8 feet – almost 3 euro maxi–kilos of snow. The Groundhog will send replacement S******* coffeeshops.

Tuesday will be a clash of the Groundhog and the Boys of Summer. Depending on the track that the storm takes, a major snow storm could develop Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning. Predictions range from two snow flakes to 6 inches or more. Temperatures for the rest of the week will be in the low to mid 30s a–grad. See page 39 in section F for Celsius.

toon, citroen 2cvRétromobile starts Friday.

A la prochaine , Météo Jim

Café Life

"That's What I Want!"

We were at it again. Regardless of what I wrote here last week Josef Schomburg and I were not fighting over pixels. He threw the switch on the whole shebang last Thursday and it all came together like a potful of honey and then we both collapsed, gasping like fish drunk on high–proof water. All that's left are a few untidy ends that we weren't working on anyway – such as some readers' Explorer browser not printing endless pages.

photo, notre dame, sunday The ever–changing sky.

I was so thrilled that I immediately went out and re–upped with Wanadoo which now seems to be called Orange – which, alert readers will recall, refers to heavy weather warnings. Or if we are going by the new France–2 TV–weather maps, orange means good weather, usually south of the Loire. But I digress.

Let me just say that all major ISPs here are now offering access to TV and unlimited phoning with DSL for the same price as DSL alone. I never phone anybody unlimited but I am interested in the TV, especially for getting the weather. My reception is very poor so if the TV works via the DSL it will be an improvement. There is also a broadcast process here called TNT, which is more free channels with better sound and images, and in theory I can now get these.

So Wanadoo–Orange–France Télécom gave me a DSL modem to replace their older DSL modem, and a decoder for the TV. I shelled out 24€ for a phone to hook up to the modem. Heck, it even almost looks like a portable phone.

The two modems look nearly identical. It should have been a straight swap. All settings and numbers stayed the same, except for the WiFi security code, and this was placed all over, easy to cut–and–paste. Thus it came as no surprise to get the following message for 30 hours – "You are not connected to the Internet."

photo, bike chained to fence, notre dame

Which reminded me of the first time I set up the Wanadoo DSL modem. In fact, remembering that helped a lot. After 30 hours of fooling around with the perfectly good settings Idecided to try the unlikely one, and the thing immediately leaped into life. Should I worry, I wonder, about the message that now pops onscreen – "Are you really sure you want to be online all the time?"

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