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December 31, 2014

Comet Lovejoy

Phil Plait says it's visible in Orion.

On Jan. 7 it will pass about 70 million kilometers (44 million miles) from Earth, and it’s predicted to peak around 4th magnitude; easily visible from dark skies without optical aid.

4th magnitude is somewhere between the Andromeda galaxy and Ganymede at its maximum brightness. What Phil Plait can see with his naked eye may differ from what you or I can see.

Filed under Science | permalink | December 31, 2014 at 07:29 PM | Comments (0)

Where Were The Burners?

A rare wind event at the Rose Bowl that they are calling a "cold dust devil" seems to have hit at a moment when all the Burners were somewhere else. Burners would run towards the flying tents because otherwise all you've got is flying tents, as you see here.

Filed under Burning Man,California | permalink | December 31, 2014 at 05:16 PM | Comments (0)

December 30, 2014


Equal marriage rights begin today in Scotland. Here we see Joe and Malx.

More photos here.

Filed under Gay Issues | permalink | December 30, 2014 at 05:42 PM | Comments (0)

December 29, 2014

Virgin 747 Landing With 75% Of Its Landing Gear

Video at Gatwick today.

News story.

Filed under Travel | permalink | December 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM | Comments (0)

December 28, 2014

Berlin Snow

It's snowing in Berlin
A very recent photo (from a friend) of tonight's weather in Berlin

Filed under Photography | permalink | December 28, 2014 at 08:31 PM | Comments (0)

Coachella Valley History Museum

Photos of some of the things to see at the Coachella Valley History Museum in Indio.

Blacksmith's Tools at Coachella Valley History Museum (2599)

1967 Date Festival Booklet at Coachella Valley History Museum (2614)

45-Star Flag at Coachella Valley History Museum (2606)
45 stars.

Rairlroad Crossing Sign at Coachella Valley History Museum (2604)
"Look out for the cars."

Old Schoolhouse Ceiling at Coachella Valley History Museum (2611)
The ceiling in an old schoolhouse

More photos from the museum.

Filed under Coachella Valley,History,Photography | permalink | December 28, 2014 at 05:47 PM | Comments (0)

December 27, 2014

Porky Piggin' It

Shirtbleeping explained.

Filed under Burning Man,Television | permalink | December 27, 2014 at 10:01 PM | Comments (0)

December 24, 2014

Burning Man IP Network

Burning Man 2014 network diagram
Click it to make it big.
I'm sure this will be more interesting to someone who actually understands it. I understand only the very top level where Burning Man connects to the default world, and I see it's different than I thought it was. High Desert Internet in the upper right represents the default world. The specific part of the default world is Fernley.

Filed under Burning Man,Technology | permalink | December 24, 2014 at 05:24 PM | Comments (0)

December 23, 2014

"The Interview" To Be Shown In Los Angeles

Get $14 tickets here to see it in the 158-seat Silent Movie Theater at 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles 90036.

Filed under Film/Movies | permalink | December 23, 2014 at 08:31 PM | Comments (4)

One More Explanation Of Burning Man

I don't know how many people are included in "we," but it's at least two people and one of them is a child. Fifteen gallons of water is not enough, and I'm sure young Julia didn't rely on beer to fill in the gaps. But the fact that she survived seems to suggest I am wrong.

Filed under Burning Man | permalink | December 23, 2014 at 02:28 PM | Comments (0)