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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-03-21 05:32
Subject: [links] Link salad wakes up once more down in Oregon
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Tags:cool, japan, libya, links, personal, photos, politics, science, tech
Parthenon MoonAPOD with a great moonrise. We saw this same effect in Orlando Saturday night, framed by palm trees.

A flying wing airliner — A Sunday fantasy from x planes.

A legacy from the 1800s leaves Tokyo facing blackoutsA decision made at the dawn of the electric age is complicating Japan's efforts to keep the lights on. (Via [info]danjite.)

The Big Dangers Still Faced at FukushimaThe issues that will determine the long-term impact of the nuclear crisis.

King crabs invade Antarctica — More liberal conspiracy from Mother Nature. Who you going to believe on global warming, Rush Limbaugh or that lying observational data?

How the No Fly Zone Can Succeed — WTF? I go away for the weekend and we start bombing another Islamic state?

?otD: Have you ever seen the Cascade volcanoes from the air?



3/21/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (WRPA, no Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 4.5 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 256.2 (short sleep, lots of food and drinking?)
Currently reading: A Bard's Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

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mlerules: hedgehead
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-03-21 13:02 (UTC)
Subject: Qx o' Day
Keyword:hedgehead
Oh, yeah - cool stuff!

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*having similar reaction re: whassup in news after being mostly off-line/away from world news all weekend* GAH!
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nojay
User: nojay
Date: 2011-03-21 14:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Here's a good article with some real hard numbers in it about the power systems in Japan and the supply situation around the Tokyo metropolitan area. Quick summary: it's going to be a long hot summer in a very large metropolitan area that depends on air-conditioning to be livable.

http://spikejapan.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/after-the-earthquake-a-long-hot-summer/

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-03-21 15:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Cascade volcanoes from the air can be impressive.

Seeing them from nearly the top of one of the other Cascade volcanoes is also pretty dang impressive.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-03-22 04:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:beach
AotD: Every time I fly from Seattle to Texas to visit my mother [g].
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2011-03-22 11:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd love to hear Rush Lamebrain's explanation for the king crabs.
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alumiere
User: alumiere
Date: 2011-03-29 13:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The article you posted on Fukishima somewhat over-states the problems onsite at least in the first page. For a more balanced update translated into clear english by a Nuclear Engineer and his Geologist daughter, check out http://georneys.blogspot.com/ - they're doing updates and taking questions daily or almost so. The IAEA also finally has some comprehensive updates on the situation at http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tsunamiupdate01.html but those are relatively new.

But the point is, they now have power and water onsite at all 6 of the plants; 2 of them aren't as seriously damaged, and the other 4 are much more stable. Also, no way Chernobyl could happen there - the fuel and plant designs are completely different; even if the spent fuel was fully exposed to water (which to the best understanding never happened, just partial exposures) the meltdown wouldn't be the same - it would be more like TMI or just a level worse than that, not Chernobyl.

Scarily, I was at my grandmothers a few miles away from TMI when it happened; we have no idea if the health problems (particularly adrenal and thyroid failures) are related. But a lot of people who lived close to the plant at that time have had serious health failures that are most likely related. So a TMI scenario is still scary and dangerous, but Fukushima is not going to blanket most of the planet in fallout, which is a good thing.
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