USGS Earthquake Facts and Statistics

February 7, 2010
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Gus mentioned to me that the USGS collects earthquake data. Among other things, they will tell you the last earthquake in New York (or any other state) and show you a seismic hazard map of New York (or any other state if you follow the link from their by-state index). However, in trying to find a "last five or ten earthquakes in New York" feed, I stumbled on the Earthquake Facts and Statistics page, which contains this gem:

We detect, but generally do not locate, about 50 mine blasts (explosions) throughout the United States on any given business day. These blasts typically occur between noon and 6 PM local time Monday through Saturday. Of these, about one event every two days is large enough that we compute a location for the blast and post it to a separate explosions listing.

(See a map here.)

You guys! You bunch of crazy scientists.

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Polar Bears’ new Entrance Video

January 25, 2010
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Seen via Suzanne: this intro video for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks’s hockey team.

Alaska Nanooks 2010 Hockey Intro from Szymon Weglarski on Vimeo.

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Hair Ice

January 25, 2010
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Via Suzanne, this post on BoingBoing about hair ice.

http://travelogue.betacantrips.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/wpid-jrcarter_ice_diurnal_wood_RickEppler-012-761w-wm.jpg

While the term frost is used frequently as part of such names, these ice formations are not a product of frost. Frost comes about by moisture from the air being deposited on surfaces. As such frost is quite amorphous and would never appear as fine needles like we see here. Hair Ice is ice that grows outward from the surface of the wood, as super-cooled water emerges from the wood, freezes and adds to the hairs from the base.

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Searching for Truth in a Wild Blue Yonder

January 14, 2010

I heartily recommend the short story Searching for Truth in a Wild Blue Yonder, published the other day on Tor.com. Four pages. Ten minutes of reading, fifteen max. You won’t regret it.

Ten years after my parents died, my therabot, Bob, informed me that I should seek help elsewhere. I blinked at his suggestion.

"I’ve already tried chemical intervention," I told his plastic grin. "It didn’t work." I scowled, but that did nothing to de-brighten his soothing, chipper voice.

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Bit Shifter – Reformat Your BRAIN

January 13, 2010
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Seen on True Chip Till Death: Shnabubula covers Bit Shifter’s "Reformat the Planet" on piano.

Normally I don’t care much for covers, nor for analog instruments covering digital songs, but this is really good.

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Lego Woman

January 6, 2010

Via Igor, this awesome "Lego For Adults" image.

http://travelogue.betacantrips.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/wpid-lego_adults_1.jpg

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100 Games Cupcake Game

January 6, 2010
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Via Suzanne: check out these awesome cupcakes.

Every year, we throw a big, game party to ring in the new year. This year (2010) is our house’s 100-year birthday, so we celebrated with cupcakes… … and the cupcakes were a game. Here they are in random order – see how many you can guess! Mouse over the question mark to reveal the answer.

The goal is to guess as many of the games depicted by cupcakes as you can. Some of these are amazingly evocative, either through amazingly photographic reproduction, or by hitting on strongly quintessential themes.

http://travelogue.betacantrips.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/wpid-Checkers.jpg http://travelogue.betacantrips.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/wpid-SettlersofCataan.jpg

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Pato Pooh ft. Adam Tensta – Follow Me

January 5, 2010

Seen on True Chip Till Death: this fascinating chip-hop video, chock-full-of-memes.

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IMAGES & ANIMATIONS 01

December 26, 2009
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On 8bit today, a gallery of pixel-art to varying extents and with varying styles. My favorite:

http://travelogue.betacantrips.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/wpid-09_polyfonken.png

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Dangerous Temptation by RoboNIX, ZX Spectrum

December 6, 2009
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Seen on pixelstyle.

http://travelogue.betacantrips.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/wpid-tumblr_ku8w1l3CK61qzzndxo1_400.png

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