Hey y’all Happy New Year! I’ve been remiss in my writing and photographs due to the holidays. I hope y’all had a really great end of year times. Don’t forget to write “2012 ” on your checks. It usually takes me about 2 months to remember myself.
I have some videos of some geologic stuff; however, after a recent trip to New York State I found myself with some sort of sinus and throat thing. So, I have no voice and don’t really want to talk to you like Marlon Brando, capicé?
In the meantime, if you’re in need of any graphic and/or logo design, please check out Carly McElroy’s page HERE. Miss McElroy is available to help you out with just about any project despite having a wee little bit of university left. She will design customized corporate, organizational, team, and small business logos, so give her a shout:
Happy New Year to all!
Well, I say quick, but not entirely. It took me 3 hours to hike up to this location. Then I saw this scene. I thought it looked pretty cool but knew it was going to be difficult to develop unless I went black & white.
The location shall remain unnamed for now. I’ll give you a hint though: I’ve been here before and posted some other photos from this place. It’s a long story that I hope to have cleared up in due time.
Enjoy this Day After Thanksgiving photograph:
The day after Thanksgiving – I think WordPress nerfed the image quality a little – photo by J. Sents, 2011
So on Saturday I had to run out and I thought I’d get a boots on the ground status report of Irene as she moved up to the North Carolina/Virginia state line toward Virginia Beach.
Without going into all the gory details, I had an accident where my automobile hydroplaned and was effectively destroyed when I collided into the center guard rail. It was one of those post and cable guard rails, so the body damage is pretty extreme. I’m fine.
After wrapping it up with the Highway Patrol, insurance company, and towing service, I found myself stranded. Unfortunately, I stood isolated just far enough from home to walk, and just inside the region of massive power outages, gasoline shortages, and zero hotel vacancies. It felt like I was 5,000 miles from home.
Progress Energy – North Carolina Outage Map Interface
Kindness came from the dark of night. These two nice people bartered with me for a ride home for some gas. They didn’t have to do that but they did. Thank you very, very much.
After speaking with Vince on the challenging journey home, I discovered that he was a Home Remodeling and Repair contractor, with an emphasis on . . . → Read More: Hurricane Irene – 3 – Kindness in the Chaos
This stems from an earlier topic regarding The Hatteras Issue. Thanks to Kim for sending this along.
OP-ED; THE $206,098,920 ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS; IS ALL THAT PAPERWORK WORTH IT?
Say you’re out exploring and taking some geologic photographs and one of the pipes in your car’s exhaust system breaks. Suddenly, everyone is looking at your loud, obnoxious car at every single traffic light from the north side of Raleigh all the way through downtown, and on to the south side of the city. This is exactly what happened to me last Saturday.
So first thing Monday I had to get out the phone book and start looking up muffler places. Something stuck in my mind though. This place down on South Saunders Street in Raleigh called Majestic [so the sign read]. So I called them up, spoke with Randy, and headed on over with my obnoxious embarrassment of a car.
A little bit of background on me here. I like to buy goods and services locally. When I say locally, I mean local to the Greater Raleigh Area. It’s just my thing. So when I got to Majestic and spoke with Randy things got good.
Randy and his team discovered that my catalytic converter did not need replacement. I tend to agree with his assessment that most other places would try to dog pile on my wallet and convince . . . → Read More: Majestic Car Care Center of Raleigh
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] released a 2011 Hurricane Prediction on May 19, 2011 for the Atlantic Basin. This prediction calls for:
12-18 named Tropical Cyclones; 6-10 Hurricanes; and 3-6 Major Hurricanes [NOAA,2011].
Read the full Press Release.
I’ll have a really exciting announcement on May 2. It’s in the realm of environmental geology, hydrogeology, data management, GIS, and my all-time most favorite subject, three-dimensional data visualization and numerical computer modeling. So cool. Stay tuned!
Here is an interesting video of the Honshu Tsunami generated by an earthquake off the coast of the island of Japan on March 11, 2011. The video size makes it difficult to differentiate details:
Propagation of the March 11, 2011 Honshu tsunami was computed with the NOAA forecast method using MOST model with the tsunami source inferred from DART® data. From the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research, located at NOAA PMEL in Seattle, WA. See http://nctr.pmel.noaa.gov/honshu20110311
You’d be surprised how well an ice cube tray can act as a demonstration tool for steady-state groundwater flow modeling. I put together this ~10 minute video for those who are getting into or are teaching introductory groundwater flow modeling using MODFLOW. Please ask questions in the Comments below the post as I’m sure I glossed over something when recording this impromptu video demonstration.
I was a little bored last night so I went out to do a test time lapse of the Moon rising over downtown Raleigh. Now this would have been much longer and better quality; however, it was about 26°F. My fingers were numb even with gloves, and my Canon battery had all but run out. It was a sequence of 200 exposures taken using a Canon DSLR [f/5.6, ISO400, 18-55mm@18mm for 15 seconds per exposure]. Enjoy: