Disaster Prep

Stuff to do to prepare for, well, Nature’s Wrath

Eric Schlosser signs my copy of Command and Control

Eric Schlosser, author of Command and Control, at KPCC last night

I went to the Crawford Family Forum at KPCC last night to see a conversation between Eric Schlosser and former NPR reporter Mike Shuster in conversation. The topic was the safety of controlling nuclear weapons. Always, conversations like these are unsettling. Humans are the ones in “control” of an unforgiving and unwieldy force. Schlosser’s new […]

Fracking

What is fracking? Here’s an explainer movie. MIT has created a website to help landowners rate Landmen — the gas company representatives who get landowners to sign leases. Reuters describes the site: “We have a lot of information [about drilling] from the industry, and from the states,” explains Chris Csikszentmihályi, director of the Center for […]

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 […]

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 […]