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Catherine Mintz
... writes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and poetry.
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Here's a commentary on why we have been getting, not so much surprised, as dismayed by how this seasons hurricanes develop: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-hurricane-maria-surprised-forecasters-by-getting-so-strong-so-fast/
Mars simulation team emerges; no members lost: https://amp.space.com/38180-hi-seas-8-month-mars-simulation-ends.html
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Next Up: September 2017 at SF and F Roundtable
The NYT concludes with the following: “As far as I’m concerned,” he said, “we are not any different from the old storytellers, the old bards back in Bronze Age time who would go from campfire to campfire, and they’d see a warrior sitting there and say, ‘You fill my cup up with that wine you’ve got there and chop me a piece of that boar you’re roasting and I’ll tell you a story about a virgin and a bull that you just wouldn’t believe!’ ”
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2017 on Jerry Pournelle, 1933—2017 at SF and F Roundtable
The second to last paragraph says: "Our uncertainty surrounding hurricanes and climate change is built on a data gap that can’t be filled. Barring Vecchi’s magical time-traveling satellite and an abundance of localized information gleaned from paleotempestology, there’s no real way to get what we don’t already have." The final paragraph states that we do have data on sea rise and that rising sea levels mean that what storms we do get will have a bigger effect. As for Maggie Koerth-Baker herself: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maggie_Koerth-Baker Author of =Be Amazing: Glow in the Dark, Control the Weather, Perform Your Own Surgery, Get Out of Jury Duty, Identify a Witch, Colonize a ... Girl, Make a Zombie, Start Your Own Religion= May have a sense of humor.
Locus has its longer obituary up: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/09/jerry-pournellle-1933-2017/
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2017 on Jerry Pournelle, 1933—2017 at SF and F Roundtable
Here's an article weighing the pros and cons that what we are seeing is climate change: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-100-year-old-hurricanes-could-teach-us-about-irma/ Naturally, it is full of qualifiers, but it does take a look at how good, or bad, the data is.
Forbes has an article about how Elon Musk succeeded: https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/09/09/i-worked-with-elon-musk-and-learned-that-intelligence-is-not-the-key-to-success/
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2017 on Next Up: September 2017 at SF and F Roundtable
"Currently, Irma is expected to visit my house on Tuesday night, albeit reduced to a tropical storm (one hopes)." WB Maybe a Cat 1, although if you don't like the forecast, wait a while, they'll come up with another at least as bad.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2017 on Next Up: September 2017 at SF and F Roundtable
Katia, too, in the Gulf. A very bad season.
Part of the problem is that we don't have a good data set yet. It's relatively recent that we can look down from space and see these storms form, grow, and head for landfall or dissipate. "And there arose a tremendous wind that ripped the roofs off of houses and was reported to have flung a man into the next town's marketplace" leave us wondering what kind of roof, how heavy a man, and who saw it.
Wired has a bit on the economics of it all: https://www.wired.com/story/spacex-will-lose-millions-on-its-taiwanese-satellite-launch/
Commented Aug 24, 2017 on NextUp: August 2017 at SF and F Roundtable
I have seen it, or at least eighty percent of it. I found a pinhole camera worked better than eclipse glasses for me. On to 2024.
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2017 on LIve Streaming the Eclipse at SF and F Roundtable
Weather across the country: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/08/20/total-solar-eclipse-weather-forecast-as-of-aug-20/?utm_term=.9050bdc939f8
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2017 on LIve Streaming the Eclipse at SF and F Roundtable
The Washington Post has an article on how many Confederate and Union statues were mass produced in New England, a "We're all Americans" assertion that those who bought them may not have intended: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/why-those-confederate-soldier-statues-look-a-lot-like-their-union-counterparts/2017/08/18/cefcc1bc-8394-11e7-ab27-1a21a8e006ab_story.html
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2017 on LIve Streaming the Eclipse at SF and F Roundtable
The Washington Post on what it's going to be like where you are: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/08/18/these-visual-aides-show-you-exactly-what-the-eclipse-will-look-like-in-your-location/
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2017 on LIve Streaming the Eclipse at SF and F Roundtable
"...dragons are hatched, not birthed." A simple, yet profound, truth.
Commented Aug 16, 2017 on NextUp: August 2017 at SF and F Roundtable
"Seen on the Interdweebz today: "Beware of geeks bearing GIFs..."" WB Good one.
How to use a pinhole or build a viewing device: https://www.wired.com/story/view-the-eclipse-with-this-simple-homemade-gadget/ Perfectly safe and requiring nothing special.
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2017 on LIve Streaming the Eclipse at SF and F Roundtable
An article on fake eclipse glasses, reliable vendors, and Amazon's crackdown and refunds: https://gizmodo.com/amazon-is-cracking-down-on-fake-eclipse-glasses-that-co-1797796665
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2017 on LIve Streaming the Eclipse at SF and F Roundtable
Well, here's one list of approved glasses: http://www.businessinsider.com/nasa-approved-eclipse-glasses-brands-2017-8 I have found the pinhole method works and if there are any trees around they will be crescents dancing on the ground. Still, "Disappointed!"
"I came upon an interesting discussion of Octavia Butler's unfinished works. She stalled completely on one—" JH I guess every writer leaves unfinished work but this one seems especially regrettable.
I remember Star Wars as being sort of Wow! the first time; now it looks clunky.
The Boring Company has a proposal for the nearby town: https://www.wired.com/story/elon-musk-boring-company-tunnels/ And, “We’re just going to figure out what it takes to improve tunneling speed by, I think, somewhere between 500 and 1,000 percent,” he said in February, with the nonchalance of someone ordering a latte. “We have no idea what we’re doing—I want to be clear about that.” Dream big dreams.
And here's a bit on women being bilogically unfit to deal with technology: https://gizmodo.com/men-have-always-used-science-to-explain-why-theyre-bett-1797608461 I've always liked the Monty Python take on this: a bunch of old women sitting about deciding whether men are ready for advanced technology—like the bicycle.
That Hyperloop again: https://www.wired.com/story/great-elon-musk-building-hyperloop/