March 01, 2021
January 07, 2021
October 19, 2020
October 05, 2019
She was in her 20s.
UPDATE: From the Mainichi Shinbun:
Most of the victims were in their 20s and 30s, as the company is known to hire young animators as regular employees and conduct in-house training, while many other studios tend to rely on skilled freelancers.
September 19, 2019
September 08, 2019
I know very little about him other than that he served in the army for six years in the mid '70s and he'd been entertaining the world with his blogging for the past 23 years. Yes, he started before blogging was even a word.
His site was eclectic, silly and literate. Through it Mr. Hill brought smiles to a great many faces.
The world is a bit less quirky tonight.
He will be sorely missed.
There's more here.
September 04, 2019
Well these are much different sorts of cyclones. They are wetter, dropping insane amounts of rain when they hit land, and they have significantly more storm surge than a North Atlantic storm of comparable wind speed. This thing looks like it will be Category 1 or 2 when it hits Canada. If so, it will surprise you.
Please. Take it seriously. If Dorian follows this track, it is going to be a bad time in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland early next week.
August 28, 2019
Jessi Combs a race-car driver, celebrity mechanic, video personality and engineer was killed earlier today, when her experimental jet car crashed while she was attempting to beat a land speed record.
She was the host of Extreme 4x4 and was a guest and occasional host on Mythbusters.
Here she is in the T.R.O.G. event in her customized twin-engine Model T.
One of her last Instagram posts said this...
It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire. Those who are willing, are those who achieve great things.
August 03, 2019
Now imagine that the aforementioned lake has recently been discovered to be one of three in the world susceptible to a peculiar and terrifying phenomenon in which the lake explosively emits enough toxic and asphyxiating gasses to kill all animals for miles around, and this is due to the local geology, which includes two of the most active volcanoes on the planet, which have re-paved part of the town and the airport a few years ago and frequently provides a glowing illumination at night from the largest lava lake on the planet.
Now imagine this hypothetical city consisting mostly of an expansive, 30 square mile favella, with very limited services, sanitation and mostly dirt roads.
Now imagine the city is in the middle of a war zone.
Now imagine that in the middle of all that, a plague shows up.
If this was a setting for a thriller one was writing, one would risk mockery for an over the top, gratuitous setting.
This, however, is not fiction, it's Goma.
Apparently 'international pressure' is unfamiliar with basic epidemiology.
Ebola is not anything as bad as the flu or smallpox with regards to transmissiblity. However, while it's not technically "airborne", if it gets in the lungs it can be transmitted short distances through the air much like pneumonic plague. This is really a bad situation and it could go international very quickly at this point.
Fear not though, you can still book a tour to the area.
Because why the hell would you not want to go to this place?
Ebola Tan and Wilhelm: Viral gallows humor originally by 蔵田湖山.
March 26, 2019
Why are we paying through the nose and putting our troops on the line to defend these asinine aristocratic authoritarians?
Leave them to the Russians
October 23, 2016
May 14, 2016
November 16, 2011
Seen here wearing the traditional garb of his native LA-La-Land
He's 5'8" tall, weighs 160 pounds and has multiple tattoos. He's reportedly been seen at the #OccupyRingworm encampment but a sweep by the secret service there did not find him.
UPDATE: They got him!
August 09, 2011
It's finally starting to illicit some coverage in the US and Drudge has a good chunk of his page devoted to it as I type this.
More here, here and here.
Update: Allan Harvey of Gorilla Daze is in the middle of it and reports "...the sky is full of smoke..." but he is safe and unhurt.
July 19, 2011
This is a big deal. There is no indication as I write this that this was anything but a home invasion....but this was a United States Congressman so something bigger can't be ruled out. Coming so soon after the Giffords assassination attempt this has got to have people on edge regards congressional security. I hope the powers that be don't overreact as US Representatives and Delegates are about the only federal officials the citizens have any access to.
In any event it seems that the asshat who is now on the lamb picked the wrong Congresscritter to bother...
Boswell was drafted into the US Army in 1956. According to his Congressional website, he reenlisted and became an army aviator who was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Soldier’s Medal, two Bronze Stars, an Air Medal with V device, and numerous other awards and decorations.
UPDATE: They have caught one person and are looking for another.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety said authorities had arrested Cody John Rollins, 19, of Lamoni. He's charged with first degree burglary, assault while participating in a felony, going armed with intent and three counts of first degree robbery.
He was held on $50,000 bond, and a lawyer hadn't yet been named.
Police also were searching for David Palmer Dewberry, 20, of Fremont, Neb., who is considered armed and dangerous and may have fled the state.
It looks like just a couple of lowlifes who picked a house with a war hero and a shotgun inside. It still bears watching though.
May 29, 2009
January 19, 2009
The Korea Herald reports that there have been Naval engagements...
Naval ships from the two Koreas have engaged in a number of bloody clashes in the West Sea on North Korean provocation.
...though is unclear if this is referring to recent events. There have been several clashes at sea between the two countries over the last few years.
Coming as it does during the potential disruption of the Presidential transition this is an even more worrisome development than it would normally be. This is most likely bluster by the Hermit Kingdom, but it certainly bears watching.
Note that the US and South Korea are still technically at war with the North. The armistice is still in effect but no peace treaty has ever been signed.
September 12, 2008
It should be noted that the Houston ship channel is one of the most vital pieces of national infrastructure.
Send your thoughts and prayers to
and everyone else in the line of fire. Ubu in particular is in a bad situation and can't actually evacuate due to family responsibilities..
UPDATE: The 584 foot bulk freighter Antalina has suffered an engineering casualty and was unable to avoid the storm. The ship is adrift is adrift in 80 knot winds with 22 crew aboard. Coast Guard and Air Force rescue aircraft were unable to remove the crew and the aircraft were forced down in Lake Charles. Antalina is reportedly a Cyprus Registered coke carrier.
From the USCG Press release.
"Unfortunately there were 80-knot winds on scene, well beyond the operating conditions for the air crews to safely rescue the crew of the Antalina. The safety of the rescue crews and the crew of the Antalina are of the utmost importance to us. The Coast Guard will continue to maintain contact with the crew of the Antalina and monitor their situation very closely," said Rear Adm. Joel R. Whitehead, commander, Eighth Coast Guard District.
I've been able to find no info on the Antalina aside from that given in the Maritime link. She is said to be a coke carrier. Bulk freighters carrying such low value cargo are often not in the peak of maintenance. The vessel has traditional lifeboats, which are perilous in good weather let alone in the teeth of a hurricane. This is a serious situation.
UPDATE 3:It looks like they made it.
Via The Unofficial Coast Guard Blog, the acknowledged Military response is...
USS Nassau w/1000 medical bed facility. The NASSAU arrived in Norfolk, Virginia at 1000 EDT September 12 and on-loaded a Disaster Relief Team (DRT), Beach Party Team (BPT), Fleet Surgical Team (FST) and 4 x Utility Landing Craft (LCU)
(20) title 10 aircraft and helicopters to include HH-60s, SH-60s, HC-130s;
(14) USCG platforms to include HH-65s and HU-25s;
(9) Air National Guard platforms to include HH-60s, MC-130s;
(61) Army National Guard helicopters.
This is in addition to the National Guard , Army, Civilian Federal, Volunteers Churches and NGOs.
UPDATE: *Coast Guard video of rescues is here and here.
This is driving me nuts....I'm still on medical leave and thus nondeployable. At this time they don't even need any back fill here ( at least not from a broke coastie). 2 times I had to drop out of school for mobilization but see no action and save no one except a St. Bernard...Now this.....an actual emergency...what I enlisted to do...something that applies to my rate in spades is happening and I'm Walter Mitty with a keyboard.
September 11, 2008
August 31, 2008
This is very nearly a worst case track.
It looks like NOLA is going to be in the danger quadrant and winds will be blowing into New Orleans from Lake Ponchartrain. This is a far, more direct hit than the city got during Katrina and will put maximum stress on the levees. Weather Nerd has more.
A better idea of the windspeeds can be seen below click here for full size.
Information Dissemination has a post on the Navy side of the disaster preparations, note that the main difference between this and 2005 is that the current governor of Louisiana is competent and also unlikely to deny them entry and Mayor Nagin is not being an ass. Having learned his lesson, he has ordered a timely evacuation this time and seems to be implementing a real evacuation plan.
Regards the Hospital Ships, Mercy is still in Paupa New Guinea but Comforts last publicly acknowledged location was Baltimore.
GUSTAV IS A LARGE TROPICAL CYCLONE. HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND
OUTWARD UP TO 50 MILES...85 KM...FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL
STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 200 MILES...325 KM. THE NOAA
AUTOMATED STATION AT PULASKI SHOAL LIGHT FLORIDA RECENTLY REPORTED
2-MINUTE AVERAGE WINDS OF 51 MPH...81 KM/HR...WITH A GUST OF
60 MPH...96 KM/HR.
THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY THE AIR FORCE
HURRICANE HUNTER IS 960 MB...28.35 INCHES.
AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS STORM SURGE OF 18 TO 25 FEET ABOVE NORMAL
TIDAL LEVELS IS EXPECTED NEAR AND TO THE EAST OF WHERE THE CENTER
OF GUSTAV CROSSES THE NORTHERN GULF COAST. A STORM SURGE OF 1 TO
3 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS IS POSSIBLE IN THE DRY TORTUGAS AS
GUSTAV PASSES TO ITS WEST.
GUSTAV IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO
12 INCHES OVER PORTION OF LOUISIANA...SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI AND
SOUTHERN ARKANSAS...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF UP TO 20
INCHES POSSIBLE THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL
AMOUNTS OF ABOUT AN INCH ARE POSSIBLE OVER FLORIDA KEYS AND
ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE CENTRAL GULF COAST LATER
This has every indication of being at least as bad as 2005.
If you want to help, either in person or by donation, Rambling Rebuilder, who spent much of 2005/2006 doing relief and recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast sends these helpful links.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief...are acknowledged as the experts in Hurricane relief in the southeast.
Habitat for Humanity...helps out with the aftermath of these things.
Samaritans..don't get much attention, but Rambling Rebuilder says they were very heavily engaged and helpful in the area after the 2005 calamity.
These are the ones he saw that were most visible.
There is also a big list of relief NGO's on this page.
If by some bizarre chance you are reading this and are in the above indicated path....get off the damn computer and leave!