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Hippo ranchers in the US? Almost.

Posted 4 months, 18 hours, 54 minutes ago.

A lightning strike captured on camera at Ma On Shan. Photo: Facebook/Lee Lam

Despite having our blackout shades down, I was awakened a half hour before my typical 6am internal alarm clock thanks to a light show of what the weather observatory puts at more than 10,000 lightning strikes, including 3,000 in a single hour.  This is all courtesy of the last vestiges of Typhoon Marwar.  It was as if a disco was happening outside.  Fortunately the entire light show with some loud thunder claps and rain was all condensed between 5:15am and 8am, so didn't affect my wife's walk to the office or mine to my home office.  Negative consequences came in the form of dragging pollution over Hong Kong and some flooding in a few areas. Marwar is now on its way toward Taiwan. 

Posted 4 months, 1 day, 18 hours, 54 minutes ago.

H.P. Lovecraft’s Shoggoth character is a meme for AI

Posted 4 months, 1 day, 19 hours, 42 minutes ago.


This is wild.  Check @heykody on Twitter for more by Kody Young.

Posted 4 months, 1 day, 21 hours, 3 minutes ago.

Photo by Dave Ross.

Himeji Castle (Himeji-jō), in Himeji, Japan, a mere fort in 1333, was built enlarged and built as Himeyama Castle in 1346. Two centuries after that, it would become what we see today, although some regular upkeep to its roofing and internal structure may have changed to protect it from the elements, natural and unnatural.  The castle survived the Hanshin earthquake of 1995 (6.9 magnitude centered in nearby Kobe), and WWII bombings of Himeji.

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Posted 4 months, 3 days, 8 hours, 42 minutes ago.

Photo by Dave Ross; effects using Affinity Photo 2

Completed in 1987 and financed by Bond, Alan Bond. With 1.3 million square feet to rent out smack in on the coast of Hong Kong Island surrounded by plenty of public transit and its own MTR station, what could go wrong?  It could. And it did. Bond went broke four years later and it changed hands a number of times finally apparently ending up in the ownership of some Indonesian concern. The WIkipedia entry on it indicates that bad feng shui is to blame. (it's always after things are designed, built and turn to shit when architects and investors ask a feng shui expert to give his or her prognosis:  'what went wrong'?  According to one it was the C-shaped protrusions that riddle the building and that are apparent in this black and white stipple image above. Color images can be viewed of the building on the Wikipedia entry for it. 

Barbara Kingsolver wins 2023 Pulitzer for Demon Copperhead
Worries mount about misinformation in science

Posted 4 months, 4 days, 9 hours, 18 minutes ago.

Photo by Dave Ross

Clear, busy morning in Hong Kong. Like every morning, only with a bluer sky than usual and some decent reflections of buildings in a building.

Running Mac OS Ventura? Grab the latest security update to 13.4

Posted 4 months, 4 days, 14 hours, 49 minutes ago.

Illustration by Wesley Allsbrook for the NYT

This opinion piece by Christian Cooper is a great read, not only for birdwatchers, but how a bad situation can make a total turn-around a year later. As readers, we're mostly human-watchers and this Cooper is a rare sighting. llustration by Wesley Allsbrook » Instagram.

Early in the morning of May 25, 2020, I biked from my apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to Central Park to go birding in the Ramble. Despite the uncertainties of the time — New Yorkers were living in a hot spot of the raging Covid pandemic, with no vaccine in sight — I strove to start this warm, sunlit Memorial Day on a happy note by wandering my favorite urban woodlands in search of migrating songbirds.  NY Times (no paywall)

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