AZStarNet: Feds stymied probe into fire deaths.
“The probe determined state fire officials put protection of property ahead of firefighter safety, even though they knew the area couldn’t be defended. The report found commanders lacked key personnel at critical times, including officers focused only on safety, and that they knew a thunderstorm was brewing that likely would push the fire toward crews.” As everyone suspected.
Youtube: The Aokigahara Suicide Forest in Japan.
Heartrending, but wisdom within.
Vimeo: Wyoming Wildscapes II.
Lovely. Wyoming being one of my favorite places of all time.
Snopes.com: Python Eats Man … FALSE.
Please, folks, check Snopes before reposting/retweeting belief-straining stuff. More often than not, you’ll save yourself a couple of dozen keystrokes a day.
Looks like an antelope to me, which is totally normal.
The Atlantic: Another Problem for Amazon’s Delivery Drones? Angry Birds.
I called this first! On Twitter, anyway. Our ravens will make mincemeat of any drone. If they happen to find *groceries* when they take it down, there won’t be any drones doing deliveries in New Mexico. Ever.
Another pause for shovelling.
Pardon the snow cruft.
Youtube/GoPro: Moab Towers & Magic Backpacks.
I could use a little warmth and adventure, instead of cold snow shovelling, right now.
Forecast was for 1-3”; the evening saw a slight adjustment to those figures. Woke up this morning to 4-5”, and it is still falling hard. Postings will be slowed for … you easily guessed … shovelling. Better to get it before it reaches 8”, and just do two go-rounds.
Photos to come, time allowed basis.
Colossal: The Last Thing You Would See If You Were Eaten by a Penguin.
Guardian.UK: UN’s 2C target will fail to avoid a climate disaster, scientists warn.
Simons Foundation: Physicists Discover Geometry Underlying Particle Physics.
I found a source mentioning an “amplituhedron”, but a paywall stopped me short. Couldn’t let it rest, I had to dig further.
Amazon.com: Snow Wolf SW0310 Wheeled Snow Shovel.
Forget the snow blower … this may be the answer to my snow shoveling nightmares. Do watch the video to understand how it’s used.
Guardian.UK: Sperm whale explodes as man tries to open stomach. [Gross!]
Only click if you’re truly curious. The stench must have been beyond comprehension.
A story: My family owns a grandfather clock. At one point, it stopped working. My father found a very old, very small bottle in the works. Labelled “Whale Oil”, dated somewhere in the late 1800’s. Apparently once the preferred lubricant for clock works. He went down in the basement, opened the cork … and within a split second, an incredible stench filled the house. Rotten fish odor, with a fullness and roundness that engaged your throat in instant spasms of upheaval. And that was only a ounce or two of the stuff. Look again at that video, and reimagine ...
Yahoo News: US spewing 50% more methane than EPA says.
“While burps and flatulence are part of the methane emission from cattle, University of California Santa Barbara professor Ira Leifer said a bigger factor is manure. ‘If you shovel it into an artificial lagoon you are creating the perfect production for methane, but it cuts down on the smell and your neighbors complain less.’” Many times I’ve related my experiences of driving through the Lubbock area of Texas, the nose-assault of the feedlots. Your next hamburger, standing on 12’ high mounds of biodegrading manure.
Yucca … and very subtle grass … in snow.
7 hours later.
“Monster storm” … starts.
First part of the so-called ‘one-two punch’ fizzled … looks like this second part will deliver.
Colossal: Idyllic Oceanside Landscapes Photographed by Andrew Smith.
Cold, grey and wet here in Santa Fe today; these will make everyone feel better.
Discover Mag: The Science Behind Mythical Dragons.
You know, since coelocanths managed to survive, I’d like to think a nice T-rex, pterosaur or plesiosaur group might have managed to survive to nosh on mankind, the terrifying tales to be carried forward in myth. Not very realistic, I know. Just romantic (a la red-in-tooth-and-claw manner).
Sunset clouds, just to the southeast.
Much more interesting than the straight-on sunset. Enjoy a little bit of Santa Fe.
SF New Mexican: More oil and gas drillers turn to water recycling.
Ironic, of course, after all the screaming over ‘closed loop’ systems that would ‘put the costs of drilling over the top.’
Head Like an Orange: Rufous hummingbird vs. Calliope Hummingbird.
Now here’s a great use for an animated GIF. Calliope’s kickin’ butt.
SciAm: Finally, A Way to Predict A Wildfire’s Behavior in Real Time.
“So every 12 hours, we initiate the model and assimilate the new satellite data. If the data matches the model, [Coen] verifies its accuracy; if the model deviates from the data, she corrects the model to correspond.” Faster would be better; Las Conchas burned 61,000 acres in the first 36 hours.
RealClimate: Global Warming Since 1997 Underestimated by Half.
You know, I wonder. If some other cause - say, the Sun getting hotter - were to blame, would Mankind be any more motivated to change their polluting habits?
Collectors Weekly: Rise of the Machines - Tractors and the End of Rural America.
Just about everything you want to know about farm tractors. In one article.