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Aug 21

Birds Bursting Into Flames over State of the Art Solar Plant -

Like ants under a magnifying glass…

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

I’m sure that’s not at all painful.

Aug 19

I’ve always hated how this sign on the Mass Pike is worded. Now I find out that it’s not even correct.


Another helpful USGS employee, Steve Reiter, calculated the highest elevation in the municipal boundary of Oacoma as between 1,430 and 1,440 feet. He suspects that the Massachusetts sign mentions Oacoma because it’s the nearest named geographic feature.


But if the 1,729-feet point isn’t even in Oacoma, then that only raises the question of where that number came from and why it’s used on the sign, which might more simply have stated “this elevation not exceeded on I-90 until South Dakota,” or “no higher elevation on this road until you climb the hills west of the Missouri River.”



(via Becket, Massachusetts, next highest elevation Oacoma, South Dakota: What does the road sign mean?)

I’ve always hated how this sign on the Mass Pike is worded. Now I find out that it’s not even correct.

Another helpful USGS employee, Steve Reiter, calculated the highest elevation in the municipal boundary of Oacoma as between 1,430 and 1,440 feet. He suspects that the Massachusetts sign mentions Oacoma because it’s the nearest named geographic feature.

But if the 1,729-feet point isn’t even in Oacoma, then that only raises the question of where that number came from and why it’s used on the sign, which might more simply have stated “this elevation not exceeded on I-90 until South Dakota,” or “no higher elevation on this road until you climb the hills west of the Missouri River.”

(via Becket, Massachusetts, next highest elevation Oacoma, South Dakota: What does the road sign mean?)

Aug 16

Firepitting

Firepitting

Aug 15

rick2u:

The TP my company puts in its restrooms is thinner than the excuses we used to invade Iraq. I swear it’s only one molecule of paper thick. It is one step above wiping yourself with your bare hand. As you can see for yourself, you can see right through it. The floors are usually littered with pieces that tear off as people try to get enough to do even a half assed job, cuz there’s never enough for a whole ass.

My company’s previous building had paper like this. I called it “half-ply”.

rick2u:

The TP my company puts in its restrooms is thinner than the excuses we used to invade Iraq. I swear it’s only one molecule of paper thick. It is one step above wiping yourself with your bare hand. As you can see for yourself, you can see right through it. The floors are usually littered with pieces that tear off as people try to get enough to do even a half assed job, cuz there’s never enough for a whole ass.

My company’s previous building had paper like this. I called it “half-ply”.

Aug 14

RAW video of Al Jazeera America crew hit with tear gas -

After the news crew flees from the tear gas (new standard for getting rid of news crews), the police come over to dismantle their setup and point the camera at the ground. In case it were to, you know, accidentally record anything.

“What is happening in Ferguson is exactly what opponents of the rise in military-style policing across America have long feared: when the feds arm white local cops with weapons of war and their superiors encourage them not to just play dress-up but to use their new war toys, it is inevitable that ordinary citizens – especially citizens of color – will get treated as the enemy.” — Ferguson is what happens when white suburban cops get weapons of war, writes Sadhbh Walshe.  (via guardian)

(Source: theguardian.com, via guardian)

Aug 11

“Liberals, you want to send those evil employees who would dare work at a fast food joint then ya just don’t believe in, thought you wanted to, I dunno, send them to Purgatory or somethin’ so they all go vegan?” —

Former Governor Sarah Palin, in a bizzare video statement response to Elizabeth Warren’s call to raise wages for fast food workers… (via msnbc)

This is the most intelligent thing she’s said in years.

Only 1246 Mondays until I retire.

Aug 09

Sometimes a friend will post a new Facebook cover photo and I’ll get to say something they probably weren’t expecting like, “Hey, I designed that bridge”.

Sometimes a friend will post a new Facebook cover photo and I’ll get to say something they probably weren’t expecting like, “Hey, I designed that bridge”.

My nephew, who just turned 6, has always had a problem with hyperactivity. His mother brought a variety of 12-packs of soda (pop for those of you with such inclinations) to the boys’ party today, including Mountain Dew. At one point, my nephew comes outside drinking one of the cans of Dew. I asked him if he had permission from his mother to drink it. He said yes, and sure enough, she was watching him from the porch.

Huh.

There will be shenanigans.

There will be shenanigans.

Aug 06

Pizza’s

Pizza’s

We’re at Canobie Lake Park. One of the rides is playing an extended remix of What Does The Fox Say?

This is a thing.

Aug 04

Birthday PawSox Game

Birthday PawSox Game

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