December 27th, 2010
02:18 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Eric Sheptock
The D.C. homeless man is using social media to advocate for other homeless people. He says he got a leak fixed at one homeless shelter and stopped harassement of homeless people at another. Using computers at libraries, Sheptock communicates with nearly 1600 e-mail contacts, 5,000 Facebook friends and hundreds of Twitter followers. He has two blogs and a Facebook fanpage. Sheptock says he's now trying to use his popularity to start a movement that reduces homelessness and improves shelter conditions. Read the Washington Post's story about Sheptock. His story is not without its critics.

Oskar Schindler
A New York judge has allowed a memorabilia collector to sell what the collector is saying is the original "Schindler's list." The Telegraph reports that the list is said to contain the names of more than 1,000 Jews that Oskar Schindler saved during the Holocaust. There had been a ban on sale of the list, according to The Jerusalem Post. The paper reported that an heir to Schindler's widow previously tried to prevent selling the list.

Blizzard stranded blogger
For every stuck traveler, your voice was heard Monday through the clever tweets of one of your brethren, Jason Cochran (@bastable). Cochran was, at least as of this posting, among the hundreds of passengers stranded at JFK Airport in New York which closed due to blizzard conditions. He tweeted that he was there for more than 17 hours including four hours in a plane on the tarmac waiting to fly to London. is reporting that Cochran's tweets began at about 8 p.m. ET Sunday night.

soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Fred Bartkowski

    Go easy on the french. Without Comte De Grasse blockading the yorktown harbor in the last battle of the revolutionary war, all would have been lost.

    December 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fred Bartkowski

    Then why hasn't this happened before. If the bop doesn't prevent excessive pressures as its name implies then why not call it a standard pressure valve.

    December 27, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fred Bartkowski

    The article did cast dispersion on Halliburton as well saying plenty of attempts to close vents and so forth with drill mud had failed. This is paraphrasing from memory and may not be completely accurate.

    December 27, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fred Bartkowski

    Sorry, thought this would interest you and curious as to objective expert opinion.

    December 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    @Fred...the BOP remains open while drilling. When we drill in to a high-pressure gas zone, first we try to add weight to our drilling fluid. Say we were drilling with mud that weighed 10 lbs. per gallon and drilled into a high pressure zone. We would add weight to our drilling fluid to counteract this pressure, and keep right on drilling. (cont)

    December 27, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    ...we would make our drilling fluid weigh, say, 12 or 13 lbs. per gallon. We would control the blowout with the weight of our mud. If the blowout was such that we could not control it in this fashion, we would close the pipe-ram. (a pipe ram consists of two seperate rams each with a half-circle notch that fits snug on each side of the drillpipe inside the BOP) cont.

    December 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fred Bartkowski

    aspersions I think I meant.

    December 27, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    I've tried several times to finish but my continuations aren't posting. I will finish later.

    December 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    ...If the pressure we encountered while drilling were so high it actually started to push our entire drill string (18,000 ft. of pipe in the deepwater hor. case) we would then close the blind rams, shearing the pipe in two and shutting the well in. Closing it off completely. (cont)

    December 27, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. phil

    I GIVE UP CNN!!! I have tried over ten times to finish this explanation and nothing posts. I don't use cuss words nor the "n" word nor the "ho/mo" word and still....

    December 27, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. phil

    And that posts. this really grinds my axe.

    December 27, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. phil

    ...hydraulic pressure keeps these rams from closing. During a catostrophic blowout, this hydraulic pressure is relieved and the rams close all by themselves.

    December 27, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ProtoMan

    Hey phil. Whitekong78 is still on here, but under a different name. He was being harassed, so he changed names. No Dr.Bad connection.

    December 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    ...the BOP did it's job. Halliburton's cement job failed. end of story.

    December 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. phil

    Hey Protoman. Great! I was just beginning to like him. Being harrassed is better than being ignored in my book. My book is an old one though. Tell him I said hello. I'll never forget his explanation when asked why people think the way they do. He told me they don't really have opinions, so they use the opinions expressed by the talking-heads. That did make a lot of sense to me, and has come in handy dealing with others. note: when you use an unique s/n, anyone can find out who you are and where you live. It happened to this guy named Dustin from Clinton Township.

    December 27, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
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