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Catherine Mintz
... writes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and poetry.
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They seemed to have pulled down the page I was looking at down. It was a consideration of what kinds of trading may have preceded the history at this link (https://www.nwcouncil.org/reports/columbia-river-history/furtrade) which pretty much starts with European contact in the Pacific Northwest.
Toggle Commented yesterday on Next Up: January 2019 at SF and F Roundtable
Actually, the Chinese were trading for pelts well before this. We know that because the pelts were part of some official costumes. Failed link; let's see if I can find that link again.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Next Up: January 2019 at SF and F Roundtable
"or, most likely, the Chinese would have showed up and killed them off with Swine Flu." WB West Coast Indians were in contact with the Chinese and the Russians, trading for cedar and furs.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Next Up: January 2019 at SF and F Roundtable
"On the Chicxulub impactor alone, the bolide is descibed as being between 6 and 50km in diameter. Really?" WB Not one to a hundred, a mere two orders of magnitude?
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2018 on Next Up: December 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Fourteen inches? That would be noteworthy in Boston. Good to be prepared. Stay safe.
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2018 on Next Up: December 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Where are you reading what Valentina Zharkova says?
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2018 on Next Up: November 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Meanwhile, The New Yorker has an article (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/26/learning-to-love-robots) about robots that includes the following: "Elon Musk, who recently managed to lose his job as chairman of Tesla to a human, believes that a guaranteed universal income is the only solution to the inevitable mass unemployment. This will also mean more time to play with robots."
Toggle Commented Nov 23, 2018 on Next Up: November 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
I better get my silver skates ready.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2018 on Next Up: November 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
The BBC on it all plus launch video: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45838991
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2018 on Next Up: October 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Here's another article about the effect: https://www.livescience.com/38239-brown-oceans-fuel-hurricanes-tropical-cyclones.html Apparently the idea has been around a while, I just hadn't heard it.
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2018 on Next Up: October 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
An analysis of why the storm strengthened over land: https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2018/10/15/hurricane-michaels-second-wind-rare-case-tropical-storm-that-strengthened-over-land/?utm_term=.8953538354ab The first time I've seen the term "brown ocean."
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2018 on Next Up: October 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
I'm glad you are all right. We need a better storm rating system, perhaps including chances of flooding. A Cat 1 plus thirty inches of rain should be known to be challenging. Forecasters should tell people that getting out of the way of a Cat 5 is the only sensible option. "My house has stood through eighty years of hurricanes" doesn't apply.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2018 on Next Up: October 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Soyuz Launch Failure: more details and video: https://www.space.com/42097-soyuz-rocket-launch-failure-expedition-57-crew.html
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2018 on Next Up: October 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Hubble needs help and there are no ships. Edit 10/9: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06984-z?utm_source=briefing-dy&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=briefing&utm_content=20181009
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2018 on Next Up: October 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
WSJ on why Musk settled: https://www.wsj.com/articles/mark-cuban-prodded-teslas-elon-musk-to-settle-sec-charges-1538678655
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2018 on Next Up: September 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"I think shutting grocery stores is a major oversight in disaster planning. Every store should have its own generator and stay open absent major flooding." WB Around here, they open whenever they can, because, I am told, it is cheaper to pay people to come and run the store and make sure the freezers are freezing and so on than it is to take a loss by staying closed. India looks to become a major player in space.
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2018 on Next Up: September 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
That storm surge is fast-moving and given how slow the storm is, there's a lot more rain to come. Glad you are safe.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2018 on Next Up: September 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"Here's hoping for a dud. If not, I have propane and camping gear." WB A dud. We all should be so lucky. How about a boat? This one is so big they are warning of flooding up where I am. I was not sorry to see the current projection takes it west not north. That could change. August was an unnaturally long month around here.
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2018 on Next Up: September 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Next Up, Monday: https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/09/09/falcon-9-launch-timeline-with-telstar-18-vantage/ "SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Monday, heading due east over the Atlantic Ocean to deliver the Telstar 18 VANTAGE communications satellite into orbit around 32 minutes later."
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2018 on Next Up: September 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"I enjoyed Dragon's Egg, but even back in the day thought it was clever and shallow. Still, it had an important influence on me. I thought it was odd the Cheela were so charmingly real, while his human characters were too wooden to even be described as cardboard." WB I looked up Dragon's Egg on Amazon. The worldbuilding is good; the people get in the way of the science. Perhaps it's best thought of an as interesting textbook?
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2018 on Next Up: August 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Interesting quote from the Washington Post article linked at the upper right: "The issue is particularly pressing for the East Coast of the United States between Washington and Maine, not only because of the extensive electric infrastructure in this region. The very ground beneath our feet makes us vulnerable, Murtagh said. The 300 million-year-old igneous rock on which the Eastern Seaboard is perched does not conduct electricity well."
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2018 on Next Up: August 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Including Space Force logos, none of them very inspired: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-s-proposed-space-force-could-have-trouble-getting-ground-n899466
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2018 on Next Up: August 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Next crop of astronauts: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/08/03/nasa-unveil-astronauts-who-will-relaunch-human-flights-us-soil/?utm_term=.8da49c55fac3.
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2018 on Next Up: August 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/ancient-life-moon-earth-180954282/ suggests that splash might have sent fossils from Earth to the Moon. "In meteorite collections here on Earth, pieces of the Moon and Mars have been identified. Additionally, several rare and unusual meteorite groups may eventually be determined to have come from a planet (Mercury is the leading contender of origin for some stones)." It's a 2015 article but still interesting.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2018 on Next Up: July 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Geologists seem to call water-filled cavities lakes elsewhere, like Antarctica. "To tell the truth, while the discovery of life on Mars would have been a Godsend for human spaceflight 50 years ago, today it would be an utter disaster." WB Why? Fear of contamination, both ways? We could be Martian, perhaps.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2018 on Next Up: July 2018 at SF and F Roundtable