Category Archives: event

We regret to inform you that there will be no joy today.

Last Friday, one of my favorite musical artists of all time made a shock announcement: she was going to perform live, in a string of concerts at the Apollo Hammersmith in London. KATE BUSH IS PERFORMING LIVE. Other than a … Continue reading

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Another exploding whale

Two years ago, I posted about Oregon’s famous exploding whale, complete with video. (If you missed that one, go watch the video now. It’s a classic.) Now it’s time for another. This video has none of the drama or humor … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Tuesday

This is a day late, but yesterday was a busy one with lots of errands, which we capped with a viewing of “Thor: The Dark World.” (Short review: Fun if you turn off your brain — not that you should … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year…

…for the annual Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photography of the Year exhibition. As usual, the entries are gorgeous. Example: Photographer David Kingham wrote: Last night I went out to Snowy Range in Wyoming in search of dark skies for the … Continue reading

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Breaking: It’s now officially the STARSHIP Voyager

Late last night, right before I turned off my computer, an email popped into my inbox from Carolyn Porco of the Cassini Imaging Team. It was truly historic news — a first for humanity. Voyager I, the Little Probe that … Continue reading

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The spookiest natural disaster you never heard of

Oh, look at the pretty lake. Too bad it’s a DEATHTRAP. On 21 August 1986, an invisible, odorless cloud of death came out of Lake Nyos, in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. The nearby village of Nyos was completely wiped … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July!

My parents hung their US flag outside the house today, and many of my friends were either watching or participating in parades. Others were hosting gatherings of family and friends, and there was surely a lot of barbecuing and really … Continue reading

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Culmination of a 4-year dream: the rotating supercell

Arizona photographer Mike Olbinski had been visiting the Great Plains states for four years, hoping to find and photograph a rotating supercell. He finally found one, and it was clearly worth the wait. I’m from Arizona. We don’t get structure … Continue reading

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The biggest tornado ever recorded

The tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma on May 20 got a lot of attention because it tore through residential areas, doing a huge amount of property damage and killing 24 people. It was an EF5, the strongest they come. Only … Continue reading

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Today’s astronomy/science/geek blogs are talking about nothing but the meteor that exploded over Russia yesterday. This has to be the most well-documented meteor explosion in human history, with gazillions of photos and videos thrown up on the Internet almost immediately … Continue reading

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