Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Super Volcano celebrates the New Year!

Check out this scary article that's been bouncing around the internet from monday's
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Yellowstone National Park was jostled by a host of small earthquakes for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come. Swarms of small earthquakes happen frequently in Yellowstone, but it's very unusual for so many earthquakes to happen over several days, said Robert Smith, a professor of geophysics at the University of Utah.
"They're certainly not normal," Smith said. "We haven't had earthquakes in this energy or extent in many years."
Smith directs the Yellowstone Seismic Network, which operates seismic stations around the park. He said the quakes have ranged in strength from barely detectable to one of magnitude 3.8 that happened Saturday. A magnitude 4 quake is capable of producing moderate damage.

This news makes anyone who's ever seen The Discovery Channel's SuperVolcano: What's Under Yellowstone? want to reach for an extra helping of whatever is left of the holiday-cheer-spiked Egg nog.  This hyperventilation inducing docudrama speculates on world events during an eruption of one of the world's biggest volcanos that sleeps underneath Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.  The film's premise is based on scientific evidence that reveals that the park is a massive volcanic caldera that could potentially erupt.  According to an article by Larry O'Hanlon from "Discovery News", the last eruption by Yellowstone sent out 8,000 times more ash than the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens (but of course we'd all be warned first by "swarms of earthquakes in specific areas").


OMG!OMG!OMG!  With all the talk of the "New Great Depression" I totally thought I was gonna starve from joblessness, now it looks like a we might be in for a chilly Volcanic Winter this spring, summer, and fall.  Boo.  I hate being cold. :(.  Maybe I can find shelter somewhere inside a newly foreclosed housing development.  Are there any companies that provide "volcanic ash-removal" services I can invest in?  Seems like a fairly safe investment...

Sunday, December 28, 2008

flickr and you

I'm currently swimming upstream from an insomnia drenched whirl-pool of strong coffee and long simmering creative projects. My powers of procrastination have yet to fail me and I've uploaded a bunch of new photos to my flicker "photograph" set. Most of them are fun cold war propaganda from the museum of communism in Prague that I took pictures of back in 2005. such as these gems:

The caption for this one "A Young builder of socialism looks different from a decadent swine" This has to be said in a Yakov Smirnoff accent or you will be fined fifty roubles, ha ha, I LOVE this country!

There are a few more up that are pretty ridiculous, The patriotic third grader in me was kind of traumatized when I first saw the posters, but got over it quickly because they were so goofy, oh propaganda!

I also put up some never before released pictures from a mustache series I was shooting this summer, as well as some more travel photos from all over. Pretty exciting if you have absolutely nothing to do.... And I'm pretty sure you don't. Because you're reading this. So there.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

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I just love that old music...

So in my tradition of getting the hell out of town for my Birthday, I took a road trip up to Twede's diner in North Bend, of Twin Peaks "RR" Fame.

Being halfway through watching the series boxset at the time, I was fully prepared for some sort of weirdness, but wasn't expecting the Tweetie Bird Rockn'Roll decor of the Diner's Remodel. The coffee was okay, but we didn't stay very long... The mountain in the background that I always thought was photoshopped in actually is there, and we did see some logging trucks on the way there. I might have seen "Bob" in the bathroom mirror, but it could have just been some creepy dude looking in the window. I get confused when I don't take my injections.

We finished the last episode tonight. Creepy. Makes me want to redecorate my room, I think I can paint the floor op-art style, but does anyone know where I can get about an acre of red velvet curtain? Maybe Devil's Point will have a rummage sale one of there days...