A classic I don't think I've posted before. Modern English: Melt With You
Romeo Void: Chinatown- oh, man I haven't heard this in years!
X: Los Angeles
Siberian Earthquake May Set a New Record
18 hours ago
It took me 1.5 hours to get home on a normal 20 minute commute.It's a freaking mess out there. I'm estimating about a millimeter of ice... not enough to be pretty, but more than enough to be treacherous. This morning's trek was probably the longest it's taken me to walk into the Interzone, and the most strategically planned as well: "there's a strip of lawn... there's some gravel, there's where a tree has caught the rain and left the sidewalk and pavement dry." Getting here felt like a major victory.
I took the back roads, trying to avoid the Beltline freeway.... but so did hundreds of other people. Ugh!
It's 31 degrees now & looking shiny outside....
Shiny & sparkly= slick ice.
For all you crazy drivers out there.....
Ice is Ice. Slow down!
The 66-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton known as Samson, one of the most complete T. rex specimens in existence, will make its world-wide museum debut in OMSI's Earth Science Hall on Thursday, Dec. 17.(...)
Close to 60 percent of Samson's original bones, including its nearly complete skull, will be on exhibit. Samson is close in weight and length to the T. rex known as Sue, considered the largest, most complete T. rex yet discovered, according to OMSI.
Samson’s skull has several healed puncture wounds, most notably a healed injury in front of the left eye. These most likely came from bite wounds from other Tyrannosaurus rex. Other injuries include fused tail vertebrae and extra bone growth on the dorsal spine which indicate an overload of weight upon the tail. The back of Samson’s head also shows severe trauma with evidence of punctures and an active bacterial infection. The infection may have been caused when Samson was eating, tearing its flesh on sharp broken ribs allowing access by bacteria.The pathological features sound fascinating... I'm think I may have read a more extensive piece on this very T rex some time ago, but I'm not sure. This is a real privilege for OMSI, and while I've never been all that impressed with the museum, it has a limited budget, in an underpopulated state, and it's in a not very big city. It's not bad if one takes into account its situation.
A DISTURBANCE WILL LIFT NORTH ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA THISTonight's forecast (from NOAA/NWS):
EVENING AND TONIGHT. PRECIPITATION ASSOCIATED WITH THIS
DISTURBANCE WILL FALL AS A MIX OF SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.
A TRANSITION FROM FROZEN PRECIPITATION TO RAIN WILL TAKE PLACE
FROM NORTH TO SOUTH LATE TONIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY
SNOW ACCUMULATIONS IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTH WILLAMETTE VALLEY ARE
EXPECTED TO BE AN INCH OR LESS...WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR UP TO 3
INCHES IN THE NORTH.
ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE LESS THAN ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY
THE UPPER HOOD RIVER VALLEY...COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE AND AREAS NEAR
THE WEST END OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE MAY CONTINUE TO HAVE
WINTRY PRECIPITATION WELL INTO THE AFTERNOON HOURS ON SATURDAY.
AN EVENTUAL CHANGE OVER TO ALL RAIN IS EXPECTED IN THESE AREAS BY
SATURDAY EVENING AS THIS DISTURBANCE SCOURS OUT THE COLD AIR.
Tonight: Freezing rain likely before 4am, then rain, possibly mixed with freezing rain. Snow level 1500 feet lowering to 400 feet. Low around 22. Light east northeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.OK, the temperature has come up a little since I started on this, and the above is sounding more plausible. When I started it was 19 F; it's now 26. I ran off and messed with the above satellite image (current here) to illustrate the problem here in the Willamette Valley.In the above, I have marked the location of Corvallis (CVO is the call sign for the municipal airport), the Coast Range, the rough outline of the Willamette Valley, the Cascades, and some of the major peaks in the latter, visible due to snow that has already fallen this winter.
In 2008, Americans consumed information for about 1.3 trillion hours, an average of almost 12 hours per day. Consumption totaled 3.6 zettabytes and 10,845 trillion words, corresponding to 100,500 words and 34 gigabytes for an average person on an average day. A zettabyte is 10 to the 21st power bytes, a million million gigabytes.From a study done by the Global Information Industry Center, via an article in the CS Monitor. That sounds high to me: a DVD holds 4-4.5 gigabytes, so this rate of data consumption would be the equivalent of watching roughly eight full-resolution movies a day, every day. The first link is to the abstract and summary, where the PDF of the full study is available. I haven't looked at it yet, but I'd like to figure out how they conclude we consume better than 2 gigs of data every waking hour. Another mind-boggling way of expressing this incredible data rate was in the CS Monitor article:
According to the study's authors, 3.6 zettabytes is equivalent to all of the "information in thick paperback novels stacked seven feet high over the entire United States, including Alaska."I'm wondering if the issue here is "available to consume" versus "consumed." For example, there's some music playing right now that I'm not very fond of. It's not obnoxious, but I am more or less ignoring it. It's just background noise for me and the twenty or so others in here right now. So over the course of an hour, does that CD count as 0.7 Gb of data consumed by me and each of the others present? I suspect that's the case. If so, I'm extremely curious as to what the "desirability ratio" is. In other words, how much of the data consumed is desired, and how much is simply inflicted upon us by an increasingly electronic and commercially driven world?
SOUTH WILLAMETTE VALLEY-On the upside, we're supposed to be back to more normal highs in the mid- to upper 40's an night time lows of mid- to upper 30's by Sunday. Which is about 15-20 degrees improvement in both.
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...EUGENE...CORVALLIS...ALBANY
242 PM PST THU DEC 10 2009
...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT FOR THE SOUTH WILLAMETTE VALLEY...
A WINTER STORM WATCH FOR FREEZING RAIN REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM
FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT.
* PRECIPITATION MAY BEGIN AS EARLY AS FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
* PRECIPITATION IS LIKELY TO START AS FREEZING RAIN.
* FREEZING RAIN WILL MOSTLY LIKELY CHANGE OVER TO RAIN LATE
* THERE IS A GREATER THAN NORMAL DEGREE OF UNCERTAINTY WITH THIS
FORECAST...SO CHECK WITH LATER FORECASTS FOR MORE DETAILS.
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
Not only is there that crazy spinning spiral, but the way its center opens up in what looks for all the world like sci-fi movie's "gate to another dimension" is just freaky. Of course, as with most initially unidentified flying objects, it had an explanation: with all the publicity since yesterday Russia was forced to admit publicly that the spiral was the highly visible and embarrassing failure of a test of its submarine-launched Bulava ICBM.The clip below (also from Emily) is a refined version of a theory that was floated yesterday, and has been more or less confirmed: a rocket spiraling out of control.
Hmmm. Interesting article. I enjoyed reading it.If it looks and smells like spam, I delete it. Sorry Gretta. Actually, no, I'm not sorry. I get a fair amount of pleasure deleting crap seconds after it shows up.
WASHINGTON, DC—Citing years of frustration over their advice being misunderstood, misrepresented or simply ignored, America's foremost experts in every field collectively tendered their resignation Monday.The Onion, of course. I'm hoping it's not true, but it would certainly be justified.
"Despite all our efforts to advise this nation, America still throws out its recyclables, keeps its guns in unlocked cabinets where children have easy access, eats three times as much red meat as is recommended, watches seven hours of TV per day, swims less than 10 minutes after eating, and leaves halogen lights on while unattended," said Dr. Simon Peavy, vice-president of the National Association of Experts. "Since you don't seem to care about things you don't understand, screw you. We quit."
Spinach is the source of Popeye's muscular prowess – upon eating it, his biceps immediately swell to three times their normal size. Segar chose the vegetable due to an 1870 German study which claimed it contained the same amount of iron as red meat.Darned decimal points, always screwing up good myths.
The strength-giving properties of spinach were later revised however, after it was found a stray decimal point had led researchers to believe the vegetable contained ten times its actual iron content.
Environmental Protection Agency declaration allows it to impose emissions cuts without agreement of reluctant Senate.This is actually one of the most positive things I've seen from our young administration. This does not mean that EPA will impose regulations for controlling CO2 emissions, but it means that they are empowered to if Congress, especially the Senate, refuses to act in any meaningful way. The article implies that drafts and guidelines of such regulations have been created.
The Obama administration adopted its climate change plan B today, formally declaring carbon dioxide a public danger so that it can cut greenhouse gas emissions even without the agreement of a reluctant Senate.
The announcement gives the EPA a legal basis for capping emissions from major sources such as coal power plants, as well as cars. Jackson said she hoped it would help to spur a deal in Copenhagen.I have been badly backed up on expressing my outrage over the so-called "Climategate" so-called scandal because it seems theres so much I want to say. Let's start with this: scientists are human. Get over it. If you have never referred to someone who, from your perspective, is being stupidly obstinate, by an unflattering epithet, you aren't.
The EPA action had been seen as a backstop should Congress fail to pass climate change law. Obama and other officials had repeatedly said they would prefer to pass legislation, but that prospect has grown increasingly remote. The House of Representatives narrowly passed a climate change bill in June, but the proposals have stalled in the Senate.
At the 1:50,000 scale, geological details down to about 50m on the surface can be resolved - essentially street level. The BGS says this is a world first in terms of releasing country-wide information.The BBC also has a gallery of photos selected from the new site, and here is one photo, of the approximately 50,000 released, that struck me as particularly delicious-looking:
Those who live in Edinburgh, for example, can see how their city is built on top of an ancient volcano. Glaswegians on the other hand will notice that their city is built on the remains of an ancient tropical forest, evident in the coal measures and fossil trees that can be seen today.
Regular drivers of the M1 motorway between Leicester and Loughborough might be interested to study how their route passes across some of the oldest rocks in England that preserve the remains of soft-bodied animals which once lived in an ancient sea.
An early Jurassic dinosaur track site in New Jersey is currently in danger of being destroyed by development for a new set of high-end condos. The track site is directly adjacent to a park, and if the park boundary is extended only 200 feet, the locality can be preserved for posterity (and I believe *most* or *some* of the condo development can continue as well, so that would be more or less a win-win for both sides).And my signature makes it 1861.
While many folks don't believe in online petitions, the "Help Save Capitola!" petition catalyzed opposition in 2003 and 2004 to help defeat the seawall that would have been built along the Capitola cliffs; that locality was saved, due in part to the petition I drafted during my freshmen year of college.
Anyway, the petition can be viewed here and signed here. I highly suggest anyone worth their salt as a paleontologist or fossil enthusiast to sign the petition; it broke 1000 signatures friday morning, and as of now, has 1804 signatures.
This view from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is of the Proctor Crater. The relatively bright, small ridges are ripples. From their study on Earth, and close-up examination by the MER rovers (roving elsewhere on Mars), scientists surmise that the ripples are composed of fine sand (less than 200 microns in diameter) or fine sand coated with coarser sand and granules.
The larger, darker bedforms are dunes composed of sand, most likely of fine size. Ripples tend to move slower than dunes. Because of this, over time, ripples get covered with dust, possibly explaining the bright tone visible here. The dunes are dark probably because they are composed of basaltic sand (derived from dark, volcanic rock) that is blown by the wind enough that dust does not sufficiently accumulate to change their color.
This area in Proctor Crater is being monitored by HiRISE to document any changes over time.
This image is a portion of the HiRISE observation taken on Feb. 9, 2009.
From: Mrs Alyssa WaltonI was seriously thinking about replying and playing this out. I would love to see where it goes. But in the end, I have better uses for my time than to torment and tease an illiterate scam artist. Anyway, it would be cruel to treat someone with stroke sickness and cancer Problem with anything less than my sincere wishes for a swift and dignified demise.
I am the above named person from Iceland. I am married to Hewett Walton who worked with Embassy of Iceland - Ottawa, Canada for Ten years before he died .We were married for years without a child. He died after a brief illness. Before his death we were both born again Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my Matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of 19Million Dollars (Nineteen Million United State Dollars) on the safe deposit Box with the diplomatic vault house.
Presently, this money is still deposited on the safe deposit box with the vault house .Recently; my Doctor told me that have cancer Problem. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided to donate this Funds better still a Christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in to fund churches, orphanages and widows propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth.
I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers. I don’t want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner. Hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. The lord he will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health and because of the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I don't want them to know about this development.
With God all things are possible As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the diplomatic vault house. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the original- beneficiary of this Fund. I want you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.
Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for a church or Christian individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein Hoping to hearing from you.
I have set aside 15% for you and for your time and 10% for any expenses if there is any then remaining balance for the word of God.
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs Alyssa Walton
All She Needs Is A Guy With A Shirt That Says, “Chick Magnet.” T-shirts with silly slogans have gotten out of hand…no good can come of this...
Good news is that I truly out did myself this year with my Christmas decorations. The bad news is that I had to take him down after two days. I had more people come screaming up to my house than ever. Great stories. But two things made me take it down.Criggo
First, the cops advised me that it would cause traffic accidents as they almost wrecked when they drove by.
Second, a 55 year old lady grabbed the 75 pound ladder almost killed herself putting it against my house and didn’t realize that it was fake until she climbed to the top (she was not happy). By the way, she was one of the many people who attempted to do that. My yard couldn’t take it either. I have more than a few tire tracks where people literally drove up my yard.