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  1. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    Just thinking out loud, I really have not formed an opinion. Aren't license plates a rather arbitrary way of doing this? What if you live in NH but go to NY to work or visit family? Why shouldn't you also be stopped when you return to NH?
  2. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    Are you surprised that people from Pennsylvania own property in Ocean City? ;) I don't know, this is a tricky subject. If you own a home in another state, should you not be allowed to go to it? Have not checked recently, but doesn't NJ actually have more cases than PA? And state boundaries seem...
  3. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    Hey - here's a great way to pass some time https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/03/internet-archive-offers-thousands-of-copyrighted-books-for-free-online/ You could start with Henry Charlton Beck. If you haven't already read these, you really should...
  4. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    Well, since you raised concerns about touching things, let's say the contagious guy before you puts his card in his mouth, then sticks it in the card reader. Now you stick your card in, and the germs transfer to the end of your card. Personally, I'm not too worried. I have alcohol wipes in the...
  5. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    I was at a big locally-owned hardware store around a week ago, and they had the old style terminal I described. I would rather give them my business and take my chance with a toxic receipt instead of "leaving my purchases and walking out" and driving another 20 miles to give my money to Home...
  6. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    I just realized this as well! And I also have not gone to an ATM for quite awhile. But that is offset by additional groceries on my credit card, since I no longer get take-out. :)
  7. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    You just insert your card in the newer terminals I've used, but some (most?) stores ask you to confirm the purchase on the touchscreen. There are some local stores (like hardware, garden supply and liquor stores I've visited recently) that still have the old card readers where the clerk inserts...
  8. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    That's a good strategy.... for your next 9 trips at least. :D
  9. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    Perhaps. In some other countries, you can use it up to a certain limit even if the store isn't enrolled in Apple Pay, and they have just increased the limit due to the crisis. https://9to5mac.com/2020/03/24/contactless-payment-limit/
  10. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    The name for that is "contactless payment" :) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contactless_payment There has been a movement towards eliminating cash on the toll roads for quite awhile. I think they did it around NYC awhile ago, and you just get a bill in the mail if you don't have EZPass. Have...
  11. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    Most of you will remember the fall of the Soviet Union, and one story that really captured our imagination was the shortages in the stores. We constantly heard about how they couldn't even get toilet paper. I wonder if that memory has something to do with the TP shortage now?
  12. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    True. But "exodus" was a poor choice of words on my part, I don't expect the City to empty out. If 100,000 people (just for the sake of argument) moved away, that would only be a rounding error on the NYC population. But it would be quite an impact if they all moved to the Pines. And...
  13. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    Mine too, but not in that kind of upscale building, LOL. My daughter is a bit older, but also moved to NYC right after college. It's funny in my family... my grandmother lived on a farm in Southern Illinois and my mother just couldn't wait to move to the big city of St. Louis. I was just the...
  14. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    It may get just about impossible in the future. :argh: "New York is considering an even more startling step: eliminating one-third of the lanes on one of the city’s busiest highways. That is the key recommendation from a panel appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio that was tasked with coming up...
  15. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    Quite a lot of people (the majority, I suspect) in New York are just renters, so they won't have to worry about selling if they leave. I worry about my daughter's family there, but they are holding up well and enjoying the family time together while she works from home and my granddaughter has...
  16. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    So.... I wonder. When this is all over, do you think there will be an exodus from big cities like New York? Seems possible, and might offset the big hit I took on property value when Atlantic City went bust. Of course, it really doesn't matter since I plan to stay here. I have a friend in a...
  17. Boyd

    Isolation 2020

    I'm an only child and have always been a loner. Since I retired, I have become even more so. I wondered whether this was right and whether I should be more sociable.... but now I think my instincts were right. I'm fortunate to be adjacent to thousands of acres where I can wander. So I've just...
  18. Boyd

    Welcome to lidar.boydsmaps.com!

    Cranking out map tiles again! I had reached the limit of my topo dataset and had to spend awhile building a larger, regional map that will meet future needs. This new batch of 20 tiles covers the approximate area from Maple Island, East to Atsion Lake. Goshen Pond...
  19. Boyd

    Video of the day

    I saw that movie when it first came out and was really bored. I got a DVD copy on sale a few years ago and have it on my media server. Still really boring (and pretty silly), but an interesting period piece. Certainly worth a watch if you've never seen it though. And, like all these virus...
  20. Boyd

    Pooping prohibited in Wharton State Forest

    I guess they got tired of our sh*t.