Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Answer?

Blowing In The Wind

Chasma Boreale, a long, flat-floored valley, cuts deep into Mars' north polar icecap. Its walls rise about 4,600 feet, or 1,400 meters, above the floor. Where the edge of the ice cap has retreated, sheets of sand are emerging that accumulated during earlier ice-free climatic cycles. Winds blowing off the ice have pushed loose sand into dunes and driven them down-canyon in a westward direction. (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU)

Blues Society Party Pictures

Jeff’s sister took more than 100 pictures of the band during our performance at the Shasta Blues Society Saint Patrick’s Party, last Thursday. I have been sifting through them since Jeff stopped by Monday night and transferred them from his Macbook to a USB drive, so that I could copy them from the USB flash drive to my Macbook, (a process that took a couple of minutes).

Each time I look through the file, I find more images that I like. I uploaded about 16 to the band website by way of the band Facebook page. There are some very good pictures, many thanks to Jeff’s sister.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Who knew someone would sell a product as reckless as an economy model nuclear power plant?  G.E. salesman to Tokyo Electric company in 1070; “Sure, we left out a few safety features to prevent a disaster if there were a big earthquake, but what are the chances of that happening in Japan?”

From Popular Science article;
The primary issue in Japan is not specifically that the reactors are BWR units, but that the emergency cooling systems and the reactor are mounted on separate concrete pads which in the case of a bad earthquake can move relative to each other and break the emergency cooling piping. At this point, it makes no difference if the pumps work or not.

All this is happening in the same country that brought us the 1950’s movie warning us to stop nuclear testing before we accidentally create the atomic radiation mutant monster; Godzilla.

What happens next? Cats with thumbs?

Today’s Relatively Appropriate Song;

Betcha Didn’t See That Coming

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