Saturday, August 1, 2015

This is just cruel.

Today is the first of the month and that means I get a new KenKen puzzle - a special one, one I can't get any other day of the month. I look forward to this every month, getting my special puzzle.

First thing this morning - okay second thing - I opened my email to get the link to this month's puzzle and I see this:


I was already excited to get my puzzle but there's a picture of coffee here so I thought there might be some kind of bonus involved. Like free coffee or a new Chemex coffeemaker. Maybe there was some kind of contest. (My best time for an Expert 9x9 KenKen is 15 minutes so maybe I could win!)

I read the entire email - including the fine print - and there was nothing to do with coffee. Meanwhile, my own cup has run dry and I still don't have the puzzle.

Oh, the inhumanity!

Could we just go back to bed and pretend this never happened?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

It's a hot one.


Blue Moon

"Once in a blue moon" is equal to roughly 2.7 years, in case you were wondering. And, the next one is tomorrow morning. What makes it "blue" is the fact that it will be the second full moon in July. The reason the blue moon occurs in the morning (for me) is because all full moons happen at the same time for everyone (not taking time zones into account) when the sun, Earth, and moon are aligned roughly every 29.5 days.

Tomorrow's full moon occurs at 6:43 EDT. (More here.)

I wonder what the odds are of a blue moon and a leap second occurring at the same time.

Astronomical.

Friday, July 24, 2015

U.S. Wrong Place To Avoid Work

" Analyzing employment habits in the world’s 10 largest economies per capita, CNN Money found that Americans clocked the most time on the job. . . . .
" Of the 10 countries surveyed, the Netherlands had the shortest workweek, with the Dutch putting in 26.6 hours weekly (approximately three-fourths the American average). "
Might be time to move.

Fox Business | Working Hard for Our Money: Who Clocks the Longest Days Around the Globe?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Good Plan


(Garment tag on sweatshirt.)

Summer Blockbuster

"Seattle Submerged"

Or maybe: "Sasquatch Can't Swim!"

Unfortunately, the horror following "a big one" in the Pacific Northwest would be only too real:
" By the time the shaking has ceased and the tsunami has receded, the region will be unrecognizable. Kenneth Murphy, who directs FEMA’s Region X, the division responsible for Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, says, “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.”
" The first sign that the Cascadia earthquake has begun will be a compressional wave, radiating outward from the fault line. Compressional waves are fast-moving, high-frequency waves, audible to dogs and certain other animals but experienced by humans only as a sudden jolt. They are not very harmful, but they are potentially very useful, since they travel fast enough to be detected by sensors thirty to ninety seconds ahead of other seismic waves. That is enough time for earthquake early-warning systems, such as those in use throughout Japan, to automatically perform a variety of lifesaving functions: shutting down railways and power plants, opening elevators and firehouse doors, alerting hospitals to halt surgeries, and triggering alarms so that the general public can take cover. The Pacific Northwest has no early-warning system. When the Cascadia earthquake begins, there will be, instead, a cacophony of barking dogs and a long, suspended, what-was-that moment before the surface waves arrive. Surface waves are slower, lower-frequency waves that move the ground both up and down and side to side: the shaking, starting in earnest.
" Depending on location, they will have between ten and thirty minutes to get out. That time line does not allow for finding a flashlight, tending to an earthquake injury, hesitating amid the ruins of a home, searching for loved ones, or being a Good Samaritan. “When that tsunami is coming, you run,” Jay Wilson, the chair of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC), says. “You protect yourself, you don’t turn around, you don’t go back to save anybody. You run for your life.” "
The New Yorker |The Really Big One
Mountain Home, Idaho, doesn't look so bad now, does it?