Monday, May 10, 2010
The Great Neighborhood Oil Spill
It's hard to put things in perspective when you hear it on the news. Paul Rademacher has managed to give us a tool to do just this with the Gulf Oil Spill.
If you go to his google maps site here, the site will take your given location and take the current extent of the spill and place it over the location.
I live up here near Boston. It covers from Boston to Worcester and a good portion of the harbor. I got the site from Jessica Palmers Bioephemera, which I highly recommend. Another site gives the perspective of the size of the really big oil spills: here and here. Current status here, here and here. Here's a discussion on how oil chemically breaks down in water.
Other places I've lived:
Columbia, MO: All of Boone County. Jefferson City. Booneville.
St. Louis, MO: All of St. Louis. Most or all of St. Louis county. St. Charles and much of nearby Illinois.
Seattle, WA: All of the Sea-Tac area. All of the inland sound. Bellevue. Snoqualamie. The nearer cascades. Mt. Rainier is missed. Barely.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Oxnard. Santa Clarita. Anacapa Island and a good deal of the Pilgrim Banks.
Huntsville, AL: All of Madison County. A good portion of north central Alabama with a tongue half way to Burmingham.
Albuquerque, NM: West nearly to Mesita. Santa Fe. Las Vegas, NM. Pena Blanca.
Wall of Idiots
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)
NJ Judge Kenneth Del Vecchio and here
GW Bush US Minerals [Mis-] Management Service
People's impression of "just a theory"
Economic loss from nature loss
Senator john Cornyn (R-TX)
Losing coral snake antivenin
Links of Interest
Solar in a shipping container
Water colors as response to heart condition: Lorianne Parker
State budgets unwind. And here.
3 best optical illusions of the year
Footprints of nonsentient design in the human genome and here
Losing Voyager 2
World's tiniest cannon
Upside down tomato planters
Vegetable oil heater
V: Bottle island
V: Peltier cooled cloud chamber
Webcam -> Microscope and here
Sugar infused apple-cinnamon ice cream thingee
Coke can Stirling engine
Hybrid photovoltaic/thermal solar panel
Seasoning small section timber