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Station Fire from Space. Click to embiggen

How big is the Station Fire? MODIS image from space shows

Original MODIS image here (warning: Large 7mb image file size) I photoshopped it with some context-supplying maps of the Los Angeles area. When you enlarge it, you can see how the reddest, hottest areas are on the northern flanks of the fire… and creeping east, toward Mt. Wilson.

Station Fire: Time Lapse from Mt. Wilson webcam

Photos taken ea 2 minutes, this movie is a timelapse from Aug 27-30. Original link here. The webcam on the obervatory tower has been off n on today. When it works, that link’ll be good. Mt Wilson observatory special page for fire news. More timelapse. This is evening, viewing from south of the San Gabriel […]

Station Fire in La Cañada

Here are the places I’m going (well, other than outside, looking to the north and west) to find out the latest about the Station Fire in La Cañada. It’s creeping east into northwest Altadena. JPL is closed this weekend. [note: Sunday Aug 30. I’m still adding links to this list] Time Lapse Test: Station Fire […]

What I discovered while I was cleaning out my email inbox

The lastest Publisher’s Lunch Weekly with the book deal news — Merlin Mann of 43 folders has sold a book! Business/Investing/Finance 43Folders.com founder Merlin Mann’s INBOX ZERO, exploring the popular myths about “email organization,” and provides an inspiring blueprint for managing our attention and making things that matter, to Julia Cheiffetz at Harper Studio, by […]

Chart uploaded by Steven Chu on his Facebook page

Steven Chu: More energy for buildings than transportation

Just saw this chart by U.S. Sec of Energy Steven Chu. (as posted on Facebook) More efficient home heating and commercial building lighting would save a significant amount of energy.

10 things I didn’t know about Facebook

I’m at the homestead (parents’ house, where I grew up) and there are younger ones here for (“I want an email address!”) And for the first time, I set up an account for my niece and got to see what the Mac offers in the way of Parental Controls. Cool. While researching the minimum age […]

Ezra Klein on Health Insurance Exchanges

Ezra Klein is one of my must-reads on the whole health care reform situation. He digests all those white papers, position papers and the like, and then spells out the most salient points. The mechanism that makes it possible to get a better deal on insurance is the Health Insurance Exchange. The Health Insurance Exchange, […]

Are health insurance companies like all other for-profit ventures?

Nate Silver at 538 (He called the 2008 election with the most accurate breakdown of electoral votes) parses the difference between your standard profit-making business and how health insurance works. I’m a big believer in the profit motive in 99 percent of all cases. If the government decided to open a non-profit hamburger stand, I […]

Windowfarms

Windowfarms

Windowfarms.org launches its how-to site, Our.Windowfarms.org. So! very! cool! A while back, during my sick July days (respiratory crud [nearly] all month long, oh joy), I found a site called Windowfarms. So cool. R&DIY — Research and Develop It Yourself, a project spearheaded by Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray. A New York City grow your […]