December 18th, 2008


[links] Link salad wishes it was still in San Francisco

Book trailer for Surreal Botany

James Gurney on Autophobia — He raises a very interesting point.

Santas of Future Past — Wow. Steampunk Santa, back when it wasn't ironic. (Thanks to sheelangig.)

Dell Launches U.S.-Based Voice Contact Services For A Premium Rate — Weird stuff, this.

Mars Once Had Bizarre 'Shell' Tectonics

Top Ten Astronomy Pictures of 2008

Punch Hole Clouds & Other Rarely Seen Cloud Formations — Very cool weather photos.

Over 2 trillion tons of ice melted in Arctic since '03 — It's amazing, the lengths liberals will go to in order to promote their global warming myth. Actually melting trillions of tons of ice. The nerve.

"Christianity is open source Judaism"Interrupting Gelastic Jew with some funny stuff.

?otD: How many roads must a man walk down?

Body movement: 40 minute stationary bike ride
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

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[travel] Omaha Ice

Omaha Beach Party convened tonight despite the freezing rain. elusivem and garyomaha fetched me from my hotel on account of I refused to drive.

We cut a bit short due to the increase in the freezing rain. Which is apparently turning to thundersnow now, btw. Back at the hotel I fetched the ice scraper out of my rental before it froze solid. Then I scraped the 1/2 inch of ice off the windows so I'd have 1/2 inch less to scrape tomorrow. By the time I got all the way around the car the first part I'd scraped was iced over again. Le plus-que ca change...

Given the weather in both Omaha and Portland, I will be extremely surprised to get home tomorrow, but I shall nonetheless present myself at the airport ca. 4 am. I have back up plans if I need to stay in Omaha a day or two, but I shall be bummed if so due to missing various family activities. Wish me luck.

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