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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
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    Yellowstone is quite active, seismically-speaking, and it's in the middle of the North American plate (and not terribly far from Colorado, relatively speaking). This sort of thing isn't completely unheard of, nor entirely understood. But my point is, there's a lot more to seismology than just fault mechanics.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
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    If one man leaving a company kills it, then they've not set anything up properly.

    I wonder, how many people still think Bill Gates runs Microsoft?
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
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    From the New York City Office of Emergency Management:

    How not to die when a hurricane hits NYC
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      CommentAuthorPurple Wyrm
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011 edited
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    New York City Hurricane Evacuation Zone Map - http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/downloads/pdf/hurricane_map_english.pdf

    Interesting that Rikers Island (the big white blob between Long Island and the Bronx, and the location of New York City's jails) is apparently hurricane proof, despite the rest of its vicinity being at risk. It's probably an administrative thing, but I like to think they're trying to fool the prisoners into getting swept away in the storm.

    "Evacuate Rikers Island? Why? It's not at risk!" *wink wink*
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011
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    Minimum wage and the price of comics. Long story short, comics are expensive and have been expensive for a while. I skimmed it so I'm not sure if he connects his conclusions to the loss of purchasing power of the last few decades.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011
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    Cantor Spokesperson: If There’s Hurricane Damage, Costs Will Have To Be Paid For With Spending Cuts

    OK. That's it. I'm officially in favor of a Syfy TV-Movie villain death for Cantor.

    Like: Being washed out to sea by a storm, miraculously finding a life raft just as he's becoming too tired to tread water, and then discovering that it is full of poison snakes. Or arse eels.
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    Maybe poor people will finally think twice before having hurricanes!
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011
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    Reporting live from North America's east cost: the air's taking on a pretty good weight, and the sky in looking oddly silver - not gray, but a weird, dappled chrome look to it. We're stocking up on water, just in case, though it looks like my area is going to get just dumped with rain and not a whole lot of wind - we're more worried about the sewers backing up than "normal" hurricane damage.

    Responses from the people out here seem to fall into one of three categories - needless panic, a cautious observatory stance, and "bah, we never get hurricanes, it won't even hit us" apathy.

    Anyone else in the One-Legged Chinese Lady's path have anything interesting happening to them?
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011
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    @Alan: you may want to get a jug of gasoline, too. If the panic ever starts, that'll be one of the first things to run out. But yeah, other than that I think some cautious observation and optimism is the right way to go.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011
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    @lampcommander: That's not a bad idea at all. We're already filling out cars up now, since who knows what the price of gas will be post-Irene.

    Looking out at the sky now, and it's begun to take on a yellowish tint, not unlike how I remember skies looking before tornadoes, back in Iowa. The wind remains fairly calm, but the humidity is definitely picking up yet again.

    It smells like storm.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011
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    @Alan

    Make sure you know where your batteries, flashlights, and candles are.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011
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    It's sunny, warm, and beautiful in Portland. People are gearing up for the Hood to Coast relay race.

    But honestly, I kind of miss hurricanes.

    Hey, don't forget to stock up on:
    Corn nog
    Creamed Eels
    Wadded Beef
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011 edited
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    You forget, Stefan, I'm from Iowa - we ALWAYS keep our Corn Nog handy.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011 edited
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    Footage from Dutch F-16s intercepting a Russian Tu-95 "Bear":

    Spooky visuals c/o @FMCNL the Netherlands.

    Re: Irene - Does anyone have a good source for landfall time / meteorological data? Good luck & best wishes to any Whitechapellers + family + friends in the line of fire.

    @Stefan: Oh man, classic. That episode has one of my favourite lines ever in it, too - "Lisa Simpson: Springfield's answer to a question nobody asked."
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2011
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    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2011 edited
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    @RenThing - the original Conan stories by Robert E Howard are now public domain as far as I know, but more recent works using that character can still be under copyright.

    The article doesn't explain what his claim is, but I'd guess Lee might be claiming the new movie is derived from his version of Conan, rather than the original (PD) one.

    It could be something else, though, because copyright law is the most snarled-up thing imaginable - Lee might have acquired some rights relating to the property while it was still under copyright that are still valid. A similar thing happened with the Watchmen movie; a different production company had optioned the book back in the day but never made anything, then tried to pounce just as the movie came out.

    Edit: For the record, the Lovecraft public domain situation isn't exactly clear cut either.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2011
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    @256

    Hm, interesting. So, in general, REH's world of Hyborea and the characters featured in his stories can be re-used but the particular stories told (such as the novels that were printed in the late '80's) would be under copyright for those specific works, yes? That's how I've always interpretted it.

    Re: Lovecraft - Yeah, I know that one's a morass of who owned what based off of which contract you read when.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2011
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    Cyborgs Exist

    Srsly though, as someone with a Shadowrun character who has cyber-eyes, I'm a little jelly.