Monthly Archives: September 2010

Nicole is in the batters box

The next named storm in the Atlantic will be Nicole, and it is possible that it will form in the Caribbean. This mess of clouds and storms with a strong but now well organized low pressure system is unlikely to become a named storm over the next couple of days, but keep an eye on it.


Oddly, it is likely to move north or northeast, which will keep it over water (rather than running across southern Mexico/Honduras/Belize) but also pushing it towards cooler water and more wind shear. So maybe that blob is Nicole, maybe not.

A well organized suspicious looking blog too far north yet strangely interesting can be seen in this satellite image:


This is what is left of Julia. Julia is moving westward towards warmer water. Most storms end up blowing north and dissipating. When they don’t do that they become a bit unpredictable. No one is really thinking that Julia is going to do anything, but the Hurricane Prediction center is tracking the feature.

Keep your head down. Don’t make me remind you to keep your head down. Keep it down.

Sherlock Holmes news: Stephen Fry, who played IIRC the psychiatrist on Bones who treated Seeley Booth after he shot the clown off the ice cream truck in a conniption of annoyance, will play Mycroft in the second Guy Ritchie Holmes adaptation (with Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law) due out in December 2011. Excellent choice.

Delta Airline 5951 required an emergency landing last night due to faulty wheels. Here is a video of the event from inside the cockpit:

I’ve never heard a flight attendant do that. I hope someone slapped her and the person who thought of the idea of doing that and the person who trained her to do that and all the executives and stockholders of Delta airline who paid her to do that. Seriously. That sort of shit is nothing but a manifestation of the post-civilization culture thatI’ve been complaining about all along.


No, it didn’t feel good to say that at all. Here’s the next item:

That’s a new sculpture in Milan. At the stock exchange. READ THE STORY HERE NOW, READ THE STORY HERE NOW, GET YOUR HEAD DOWN, DOWN, DOWN…

No, I still don’t think I want a job as a flight attendant.

Owner of Segway inc dies riding his Segway off Cliff, Into River

While riding around his North Yorkshire estate on a Segway, [Jimi Heseldon] reportedly drove straight off a cliff and into the River Wharfe. A spokesperson for West Yorkshire police confirmed his death: “He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

source <--- warning, web site may be poorly behaved

Heseldon did not invent the Segway, he just bought the company last year. His company was primarily engaged in defense contracting.

Retired Officers Break Silence: Aliens Are Here, and Controlling our Nukes.

‘The U.S. Air Force is lying about the national security implications of unidentified aerial objects at nuclear bases and we can prove it,’ he said.

The former officer said he witnessed such an event first-hand on March 16, 1967, at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.

‘I was on duty when an object came over and hovered directly over the site.

‘The missiles shut down – ten Minuteman [nuclear] missiles. And the same thing happened at another site a week later. There’s a strong interest in our missiles by these objects, wherever they come from. I personally think they’re not from planet Earth.’

‘I believe that the security services of both the United States and the United Kingdom have attempted – both then and now – to subvert the significance of what occurred at RAF Bentwaters by the use of well-practised methods of disinformation.’

The six former U.S. Air Force officers and one former enlisted man, are to present declassified information which they claim backs up their findings. They have witness testimony from 120 former or retired military personnel which points to alien intervention at nuclear sites in the U.S. as recently as 2003.


I knew it. I KNEW IT!!!

In a related story:
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It’s fairly likely that this video will be flagged to death on YouTube

It’s PZ Myers, who has been no friend to the crackers, burying two books of holy scripture and planting daffodils on them. Or, at least, I think it’s PZ (I can tell by his nice suit). And it might not be daffodils. Whatever. The point is, if you support the right of a person to make a point by burying the Koran and the Bible (copies they own on their own property we shall assume) then visit this video on YouTube and vote it up.

The original post by PZ is here.

The YouTube link is here.

The original video is below the fold.
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Galapagos Diary

Galapagos Diary: A Complete Guide to the Archipelgo’s Birdlifei-9283103da1816a5982b6c3ad17c8a40d-galapagos_diary.jpg

… Continuing in our look at bird books to consider, I wanted to bring in the Galapagos Diary. I cannot tell you which is the best book for birding in the Galapagos, because, sadly, I’ve never done that myself. But my daughter, Julia, has, and she recommends this title. She brought a copy home from the Galapagos, and I am personally quite impressed by it. If you are planning a trip to the Galapagos, have a look at it.

~ A repost for Back to School Special ~

Large Scale Rape Incident in Congo

The UN’s human rights chief has said the “scale and viciousness” of mass rapes in DR Congo “defy belief”, as a report into the attack was released.

Navi Pillay said that, even for the region, the incident stood out because of the “extraordinarily cold-blooded and systematic way” it was carried out.

Some 300 people were raped by armed militia in the attack in August.

Details here