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Upgraded WordPress, design tweakage in progress

I heeded the urgings to upgrade WordPress, dangit! and did so. Something happened to my old, old theme. While I investigate, I plunked in this new, hybrid one, instead. Some stuff may come back, some stuff may stay that way. Oh, and was I planning to do site redesign this week? No, I was not. […]

Dissent of the Day

Today is the day I’m feeling it. The oppressing heat and humidity and smoky air (kiss all that healthful exercise goodbye)… …the buildup of whatever emotional pressure after I “wasted” all of yesterday worrying and surfing and watching the fires encroach the observatories of Mt. Wilson …and watched the live web-feed of eye-in-the-sky helicopter footage […]

John McPhee: Los Angeles Against the Mountain (Fire Edition, part 1)

Published in the New Yorker magazine in 1988, which later became a chapter in his book, The Control of Nature, John McPhee eloquently describes that mountainous California habitat — chaparal. [via Susan Orlean via LA Observed] (link goes to part 1 of article, so it’s a nice taste for you). This book is now on […]

The Martin Mars water drop over Mt. Wilson

The Martin Mars water drop over Mt. Wilson

As carried on the ABC 7 live web link. Apparently 4 acres of water came out at that point, on the north side of the ridge, where the fire is most intense.