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[personal|travel] Away to the coast

Lisa Costello and I are running away to the Oregon coast this weekend so she can have some proactive decompression before we head to Maryland next week to deal with her family emergency. She’s been pretty emotionally distressed for obvious reasons, and I seem to have become more physically fragile just lately. We can both use the break.

Blogging may be intermittent as we will be focused mostly on each other and on laying low.

Whatever you’re doing, enjoy your weekend as well.

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[photos] Birds in southern Oregon

When Lisa Costello and I visited Klamath Falls a few weeks ago, we took a lot of bird photos. (Well, she took most of them.) For whatever reason, our fine feathered friends were on abundant display. Here’s a few of them.

A little songbird at Crater Lake National Park

A corvid who messed with us by flying ahead of the Genre car, posing, then flying ahead some more

Magpie on a fence post

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[links] Link salad’s way is shut

How Did @#$%&! Come to Represent Profanity? — The grawlix! (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Somebody Should Write about Those Conscientious Objectors — A bit of Oregon history. (Via David Goldman.)

The Remarkable Dinosaur Footprint Wall — Wow. This is seriously cool. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

‘3D printed gun’ discovered by policePolice have foiled what they believe is the first attempt in Britain to manufacture guns using a 3D printer.

Men will slow down for sex, but not as much for friendship

Faces are sculpted by ‘junk DNA’Scientists have identified thousands of regions in the genome that control the activity of genes for facial features.

Why the U.K. Wants a Genomic National Health ServiceThe U.K. plans to sequence 100,000 National Health Service patients by 2017—in a bold push to be a genomic medicine leader.

Case Explores Rights of Fetus Versus Mother — Sometimes I find it very hard not to simply hate the conservative approach to women, children, sex and gender rights. The profound vileness is so obvious and inexplicable to me, and all the more so from people who claim the mantle of Christian morality and virtue. Smug Republican Jesus has a hell of a lot to answer for.

What Kind of Problem is the ACA Rollout for Liberalism? — With an extremely handy chart!

Original 1989 document where Heritage Foundation created Obamacare’s individual mandate — In case you’ve somehow bought into the conservative narrative that Obamacare is a socialist attack on American values, remember it was first proposed as a conservative idea. Not that Your Liberal Media will ever remind you of that.

NC GOP official fired after bragging voter ID law would ‘kick the Democrats’ butt’ — So they fired the guy? All he did was speak the truth. That firing changes nothing about Republican disenfranchisement of votes of color, women and the poor. Conservatives cannot win elections on their ideas any more, so they must cheat the system, and that ain’t changing.

GOP Candidate Sentenced for Felony Fraud After Changing Party Affiliation of 300 Democratic Voters, Casting Absentee Ballots in Their NameWith these 300 fraudulent votes created by one Republican candidate alone, that’s 300 more fraudulent votes than have ever been created by ACORN or anybody who has ever worked for them. Come on. Any FOX News viewer can tell you it’s not fraud when conservatives do it, it’s saving America for Sarah Palin’s “real Americans.” (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Sen. Rand Paul: ‘We’re gonna win this’ government shutdown — Ah, the heady days of three weeks ago, when the Tea Party loons just knew in their shriveled little hearts that the entire American people awaited only their example to rise up in the streets against the Socialist Muslim threat of affordable access to healthcare. Liberalism is indeed a mental illness, having only brought you the 40-hour work week, paid vacations, retirement and a host of other unBiblical ills. So, Rand, how’d that winning the shutdown thing work out for you?

?otD: Was it made by the dead?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 239.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing children to learn critical thinking skills: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[travel|photos] Collier Logging Museum

One of the other places Lisa Costello and I visited during during our trip to Klamath Falls was the Collier Memorial State Park and Logging Museum. That’s an equipment graveyard from the last century and a half of Oregon logging, home now to derelict wagons, tractors, trucks and railroad equipment, and about ten zillion chipmunks.

It was a lot of fun to walk through. Especially if you’re all about old steam equipment. And the only place I’ve seen so much equipment together like this is Camp 18, which is not curated, just there. Also very cool, but with a somewhat different vibe. And fewer chipmunks.




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[photos|travel] High Desert Museum

In our recent travels, Lisa Costello and I visited the High Desert Museum, just south of Bend, OR. It’s a pretty interesting place, combining history, anthropology, art, culture, and animal rescue and conservation. We didn’t have a lot of time, and I was too low mobility to really enjoy the grounds and all the exhibits, but what we did see was a lot of fun.








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[photos|travel] Detroit Lake and Dam

A few weeks ago, we drove down to Klamath Falls, OR for a long weekend. On the way down, we stopped at Detroit Lake, along with Santiam Highway. Lisa Costello took some photos.



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[photos] The world’s ugliest roadside attraction

While visiting Klamath Falls last weekend, we found this gem, around milepost 234 of US-97. I know the milepost because as we went whizzing by the first time, Lisa Costello told me to note that number so we could find it again. I pointed out that this giant, malformed cow was the only thing besides pine forest for twenty miles along that stretch of highway, and we probably wouldn’t have any trouble finding it again.

We didn’t.

The locals tell us there used to be a small private theme park there with dinosaur statues. The location is now a truck parts supplier, and the other dinosaurs are behind a locked fence, but this bad boy keeps guarding the road in the years of his sad decline.

And yes, I know he’s not a dinosaur, he’s a mammal. Maybe a Paraceratherium or something, though the Holstein cow paint job distracts me.

At any rate, enjoy.

Here he is, in all his faded glory

Note Lisa Costello for scale


The reverse angle

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

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[photos] Fossilized steam

At Crater Lake National Park, there are fossilized steam vents along Castle Creek.

Pretty much what it says on the tin

Fumaroles cut through the ash fall of the Mt. Mazamas eruption

According to the sign, the streambed was buried in several hundred feet of ash and pumice during the Mt. Mazama eruption about 7,700 years ago. Water trapped at the bottom was boiled to steam and forced its way up through the ashfall, leaving behind fumaroles.

So, yeah. Fossilized steam.

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[links] Link salad is a New World man

Spatial Delirium: An Interview with Michael Light — This is a “wow” read in a number of different ways. Piece ranges from failed Las Vegas developments to diving in the nuclear shipwrecks of the Pacific atomic testing grounds.

Portland Public Schools Enlists 39 Goats, Llama, To Eat Back Invasive Weeds

Colorado 6th grader’s beer-making experiment headed for Space Station

First ever evidence of a comet striking EarthThe first ever evidence of a comet entering Earth’s atmosphere and exploding, raining down a shock wave of fire which obliterated every life form in its path, has been discovered by a team of South African scientists and international collaborators.

Deep Time, Big History, and Existential Risk

Knock Knock: 1943“Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago, Illinois and Hammond, Indiana. Locomotive coupled to caboose.” A somewhat unusual perspective.

A Colorful Gathering — A mystery explained.

Why A Little Mammal Has So Much Sex That It Disintegrates — I’ve been on dates like that. (Thanks, I think, to Ellen Eades.)

Giant Squid Washes Ashore In Cantabria, Spain

Experts warn public not to touch cylinders washing ashore — Mmm, white phosphorus.

Mercury Azides. I’ll Get Right On Those For You.Explosions are definitely underappreciated as a mixing technique. Ah, chemistry humor. (Via David Goldman.)

Music and Color: the French Connection — Ocular harpsichord? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Destroying so many little lives — Crime as corporate endeavor. (Via David Goldman.)

Is Profit the Ultimate Value? On JP Morgan’s $11b Fine — Sigh. This story says so much about what has happened to our culture and our economy.

Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Political Parties When it comes to major policy battles, since 2009 the GOP is 0-3. Before it fails again, David Frum offers up seven ways the party is shooting itself in the foot. Things extremists should not do. I object with the piece’s thruway assessment of Obamacare costing more than we can afford — it’s actually a net budget reduction, and that is just a nod to the usual conservative lies — but otherwise this is pretty interesting. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Shutdown Cancels US Antarctic Research Program — Any good conservative will tell you science is bad. It encourages critical thinking, and as the Texas GOP has pointed out, that might cause fewer people to vote Republican.

Dear Tea Party: The Gov’t Shutdown is Hurting White People, TooMaking American science and technology less competitive in world terms, compelling our scientists to emigrate to countries that more reliably support their work, risking the public’s health, and harming investors– none of that helps the Tea Party constituency. How odd that they appear to think that it does.

Reagan and Debt Ceiling “Blackmail”House Republicans are behaving in a way that is less reasonable than behavior that Reagan dubbed blackmail, and they are doing it with no chance of success. On top of that, they are potentially exposing the U.S. to real harm in the process.

Domestic Violence Programs Brace For End Of Federal Funds After Friday — Your Republican party: enabling rapists and abusers nationwide, which is a small sacrifice in the patriotic cause of opposing the scourge of more affordable healthcare. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.

?otD: Are you a writer and arranger, and a young boy bearing arms?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 239.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[photos] Fierocycle in Klamath Falls, OR

As long time readers may know, I like automobiles a lot. I like weird machinery a lot. I enjoy folk art. I admire field-expedient ingenuity as well.

Sometimes these threads come together…

Spotted this past Saturday night in Klamath Falls, OR, the Fierocycle:





Yes, that is the ass end of a decapitated Pontiac Fiero mated to a home-brew frame and a Yamaha front fork. I am awestruck.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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