Creek Jots 2010-12-09
â–¶ Rotten in Denmark, I’m not so concerned with. But the thing that died in our walls is a problem. And now that we’ve put our heads together–or more to the the point, our noses–we remembered smelling something “dead” a few years back. It turned out that rust had made a tiny hole in a gas pipe under the house. So I’ll be calling Clark Gas to come with their sniffer.
â–¶ We may have set a new record for low night time temps. It was 3 between here and Christiansburg, and we’re always a few degrees colder than that. Our fancy indoor-outdoor weather station stopped showing outdoor temps last night, but I feel sure we’re at or below zero. So Fox News is right. Global warming is over. Right?
â–¶ I did get my mom a wifi iPad at Best Buy a few days ago. She’s set up to use AT&T at 3MB from her Alabama apartment. I’m doing my best to think about how to teach her to use the gmail account I set up for her, and to bookmark some interesting web pages. She’ll get a week of one-on-one the week she’s here for Christmas. Got any suggestions for apps or web sites?
â–¶ I see the issues around Wikileaks being the pin prick in the balloon, especially combined with the increasingly powerful cyber-weapons like Stuxnet growing in the wild. If the credit basis of our consumer economy can be held hostage by hackers who disagree with the gagging of those who point out the emperor is both naked and ugly, and the gaggers can in turn muzzle the complainers with their own hakers, we have a growing and vicious techno-political divide and even greater problems in knowing the TRUTH. It’s about to get really nasty around here. We’re paying a high price for the death of journalistic reporting when we really, really need it.
â–¶ On the other hand, things are LOOKING UP! The massive Geminid meteor shower returns every year, so you’ll have more chances if the cold proves too daunting on the night of Dec. 13. But anyone in North America who skips the total lunar eclipse on the night of Dec. 20 will be missing what promises to be the best lunar eclipse show until April 2014.