Heh. "Why Does Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall Volcano Look Like a School Science Project?" And why the type of lava and type of eruption make it (comparatively) safe for people to see it up close.


Free brick!

Spotted a few years ago, stumbled across the photo again today.

I really need to get the rest of the photos off my old phone so I can wipe it.

school, parenting, covid-adjacent, violence reference 

I'm not big on zombies, but I really like Mira Grant's (Seanan Maguire's) Newsflesh series. That said, there's one story I don't ever want to read again. The one set in a post-Rising elementary school, showing all the anti-zombie precautions the school takes...and then how they all fail horribly in an extended metaphor for school mass shootings.

This picture of individual barriers around each student's desk...


dentist, covid stats 

I'm normally not nervous about going to the dentist, but I've got my second pandemic-era visit coming up today. You can't wear a mask while someone's working on your teeth.

On the plus side, looking at the covid case rates over time makes me feel better, as LA county is back down to roughly the same rate it was at during my last visit in September (itself postponed from July, which was clearly a good decision).



Thank you, Google Photos, for reminding me of the Last Normal Day(tm). That evening I came down with the flu and by the time I recovered, everything was shutting down for Covid.

I got an email about a class action settlement over alleged price fixing of CD/DVD drives in the early 2000s. Went to the website for more info, and found... this. 😲

Nice small collection of unusual photos of Martian landscapes from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at Daily Overview. I don't know what the blue triangle thing is.

The description doesn't say, but I'm guessing most of them are false-color or exaggerated.

(Images originally from NASA)


Saw this sign today outside a local...bar? Lounge works, I guess.

Sort of "I like less than half of you more than you deserve, and more than half of you.." wait, I got that wrong, didn't I?

I do miss having a keyboard, but I don't think I should hook up an Android 2.3 device to the internet 😬

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First LED bulb to burn out. It wasn't completely off like an incandescent or flickering like a fluorescent bulb, but it was just very dim. The crack is weird.


"In true pop-up-art fashion, a nearly 7-foot-tall monolith made of gingerbread mysteriously appeared on a San Francisco hilltop on Christmas Day and collapsed the next day. "


Among Us, food 

Wife posted this on birdsite:

" vegan edition"

covid, competing headlines 

Two headlines in the Los Angeles Times this morning.


Had to do a double-take when looking at the updated website control panel to realize they just had an unfortunately placed line break in the list.

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