Times Online: Britain’s still suffering, as snow turns to ice.
Ice follows snow to cause renewed chaos. Be safe over there on the other side of the pond.
New West: Not Baa-d.
High Praise for New Film About Montana Shepherds. “The movie truly belongs to the sheep, which turn out to be fascinating, almost hypnotic subjects for the camera, whether they’re comically bleating at one another like rush-hour subway riders or swarming across the range like a single organism.”
Yeah, and a sunset you might like.
Times Online: Britain, buried in snow.
Discover Magazine: I’ll still opt for leather.
Vimeo: Not your usual Yosemite documentary.
Wait until you start seeing people.
The Atlantic: Perfection rarely is perfect.
Times Online: Britain’s getting severe winter weather.
Heavy snow and rain brings travel woe. This being America, where most news organizations rarely look beyond our borders, we don’t hear about weather woes elsewhere.
WEATHER ALERT FOR SANTA FE.
If you’re in Santa Fe, and you’re contemplating taking the interstates, DON’T. I just got back to Eldorado from town, and I-25 is an ice skating rink. Multiple accidents eastbound. You can’t drive more than ten miles an hour, leaving at least four car lengths between you and the autos in front. I’m not exaggerating, folks ... IT’S BAD. Drivers are being foolish because the road doesn’t look slick at first glance, and you’ll be passed frequently by high-speed fools. Don’t risk your life. Stay home until the county applies salt/cinder.
NY Times: At some point, we have to make the hard choice.
Protection of Desert Land Faces Off With New Energy Sources. “Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation in Congress on Monday to protect a million acres of the Mojave Desert in California by scuttling some 13 big solar plants and wind farms planned for the region.” It’d be nice if we didn’t have to choose, but the reality is that we have wide open spaces here in the West that are perfect for solar energy harvesting. Future technologies will likely diminish the amount of acreage required for given output. Yet I imagine that the acreage will only grow, slow as existing industries are to upgrade overhead equipment.
BBC: Middle of nowhere is right.
Data to expose ‘ghost mountains’. “An international team spent two months in 2008/9 surveying the Gamburtsevs in Antarctica - a series of peaks totally buried under the ice cap.”
CNET: Video would have been a better choice, but still cool.
NPR: Need a pick-me-up?
Socyberty: Unexploded mines? Oh, rats.
Call for The Herorats. “The idea occurred to Weegens as he realized that rats were both easy to train and had an excellent sense of smell. Combining these two would, he considered, provide a cheap way to detect unexploded mines and – what is more – with limited danger to human life.”
CNN: That’ll make a lot of Mr Misties.
Giant iceberg heading towards Australia. “A massive iceberg—more than twice the size of New York’s Manhattan island—is drifting slowly toward Australia, scientists said Wednesday.”
BBC: Ancient flood, almost proven.
Ancient Mediterranean flood mystery solved. “We could for the first time link the amount of water crossing the channel with the amount of erosion causing it to grow over time.” Sounds like they still have some work to do on their theory.
NPR: I hope this guy is safe for Turkey Day.
Man Stuck In Utah Cave Will Be Thankful (When He’s Out). “Jones, who is about six feet tall and 200 pounds, was going head-first into a space 18 inches wide by 8 to 10 inches tall when he realized he was stuck.” Spelunking - not the sport for me. Not at all.
Thanksgiving Day: Damn, he didn’t make it. They’ve updated the link above with the sad news.
Had a visitor this morning.
In my aspen tree in the courtyard. Just a little while ago, the visit was repeated. Turns out it is a mother and her baby.
Reuters: Star Trek never visited a ‘crocodile world.’
New fossils reveal a world full of crocodiles. “They have given some of the new species snappy names — BoarCroc, RatCroc, DogCroc, DuckCroc and PancakeCroc — but say their findings help build an understanding of how crocodilians were and remain such a successful life form.” I get a curious thrill thinking that our SETI broadcastings may end up being returned by intelligent crocodiles ...
NPR: No no-fault waterway management.
Judge: Corps’ Negligence Caused Katrina Flooding. “In a sometimes scathing critique of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval found ‘monumental negligence’ in the operation and maintenance of a shipping channel called the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet. He rejected the government’s argument that the Corps was immune from liability and had properly maintained the navigation channel, known locally as MRGO.” It’s not smart to ignore Mother Nature.
NY Times: Stressful life? Good time to exercise.
Phys Ed: Why Exercise Makes You Less Anxious. “In those experiments, rats taught to feel helpless and anxious, by being exposed to a laboratory stressor, showed increased serotonin activity in their brains. But rats that had run for several weeks before being stressed showed less serotonin activity and were less anxious and helpless despite the stress.” Cool.
YouTube: Make sure the mountainside is stable, first.
Second slide keeps Ocoee Gorge blocked. “Workers with heavy equipment had cleared all but a few boulders from a rockslide that blocked U.S. Highway 64 this morning when, with a tremble and a roar, another huge slide spilled across the road and into the Ocoee River gorge.” Holy Hannah. Never seen anything like it.
Washington Post: “Oh look ... yummy treats.”
Great white sharks coming closer to shore than thought, researchers find. “For years, humans have thought of great white sharks wandering the sea at random, only occasionally venturing close to shore. We were wrong.” I still recall my first trip to the Jersey shore after “Jaws.” A long wad of dirty toilet paper wrapped around my leg, causing no less panic than the shark I feared it might be.
Times Online.UK: Coyotes becoming aggressive?
Teenage folk singer Taylor Mitchell killed by coyotes. Very weird. We have some huge coyote packs around here, and they’ll run at the sight of a human. Never seen one even track a human. My mind runs to rabies, or too much contact with people (a la the bears of Yellowstone).
Reuters Blogs: Plastic Hades.
Victims of the Pacific Trash Gyre. “It’s difficult to look at Jordan’s pictures of the birds, with the ingested plastic outlasting their decomposing bodies, without wondering: ‘Could that have been my bottlecap?’” This is horrifying - no other word describes it. Another thought ... if it’s this bad on top of the ocean, what do the depths look like?!