Smoke from a brush fire near San Juan Capistrano, seen from the parking structure at the Irvine Spectrum. I wouldn't have caught this if I hadn't checked Twitter when I sat down to lunch and seen an update from @LATimesfires. (As it is, I still had to make do with the camera on my phone.)
The picture was taken around 1:30. It's about 3:30 now, and I don't see a plume anymore (though it could be behind a building) -- just a smear of haze to the south and west.
According to the LA Times, the fire started when a tractor crashed into a power pole this morning.
(reposted from K-Squared Ramblings)
A run to storage (also to look for alenxa's pumpkin saw) to swap some books I've read recently for some books I've been meaning to reread. And also to pick up some comics that someone had expressed an interest in buying.
Email cleanup. I'm almost down to 150 messages! About 1/3 of what's left are either to-do posts I've sent myself or newsletters that I still want to read.
Going through the leftover bits from my last computer upgrade, and sorting out what to keep, what to sell, and what to hand over to e-waste collection. This also meant opening up my computer so I could wipe the old hard drives. While I had it open, I reconnected my ZIP drive, so we can go through our collections of ZIP disks and see if there's anything worth saving.
I also tried to wipe the old laptop's hard drive, but it froze about halfway through the process.
And then there was the pile of ~4 months' worth of junk mail that I went through looking for Tech Tool Pro 5 so that I could test the extra RAM in that laptop. It turned out the CD was somewhere else (sandwiched between two boxes), but at least I got a head start on that process. By the time I found it, it was too late to get started, so that's something to try tonight.
Also: watched two movies: Liar, Liar, which Katie had seen before but I hadn't, and Conan the Destroyer, which I only barely remembered seeing. Shortly before starting the film, I looked at the envelope and wondered aloud, "How the heck did they manage to squeeze a PG rating out of Conan?" Simple: cut out the sex, and minimize the blood. And amp up the cheese. Biggest surprise, though? Olivia D'Abo as the princess.
- Current Music:Jurassic Park theme
I've been to the observatory once, on a tour my family took on August 8, 1992. We'd just come back from a trip to Florida where we visited Disney World and Cape Canaveral during the summer I was 16. I really wish I could remember more about the trip...but I took pictures and labeled them (though not in much detail). With the observatory threatened, I thought I'd dig them out and scan them**. You can see all eight on my Mt. Wilson Observatory Tour 1992 photoset on Flickr.
The Observatory's website is apparently hosted on the grounds, so the fact that its fire status page is still responding indicates it's still there and has power. The latest update says that they're setting up a backup info page at http://joy.chara.gsu.edu/CHARA/fire.php, but that's showing a 404 error right now.
*As in the Hubble Space Telescope.
**Scanning them was not a problem. Digging them out? That was a problem. I knew exactly which photo album they were in, and thought I knew where the album was. As it turned out, it wasn't there. It was in an unopened box shoved at the very back of the long,narrow hall closet, such that I had to move 3 other boxes, several bags, and an unused CD rack just to see that it was labeled "photo albums" on top. Edit: And, oh yeah, the trail of ants along the wall, going after the long-forgotten bag of Halloween candy. The wall I kept brushing up against. How did I forget that part?
That's the missing piece that makes the classic phrase more than a simple tautology. It's not just that it's in the last place you look. It's that it's in the last place you want to look.
Cross-posted at K-Squared Ramblings and Facebook.
It just seems like the short-form Twitter and long-form LiveJournal are a poor fit for each other. Facebook is a much better match. Plus I've already got a set of digests over at K-Squared Ramblings, where I'm tidying them up (titles, tags, etc.) as I have time.
It might be worth decluttering this journal and deleting any old "Line Items..." posts that don't have comments. Definitely the ones that are just "New blog post: (link)," and probably most of the rest, too.
In 1984, Kenner launched a line of DC super-hero action figures under the name Super Powers. The toys were tied to the Super Friends cartoon, and each had an action: If you squeezed Superman's legs, he would throw a punch. If you squeezed the Flash's arms, he would run. Each figure also came with a 16-page minicomic starring the character and others from the toy line.
Today, Crisis on Earth-Blog unites fourteen sites in celebrating this landmark toy line.
- Aquaman Shrine dives with the King of the Seas.
- Bat-Blog covers Batman and his villains.
- Being Carter Hall handles Hawkman.
- Speed Force runs along with the Flash.
- Crimson Lightning is going all-out with a Flash extravaganza.
- Dispatches from the Arrow Cave aims at Green Arrow
- Love Dat Joker brings in the laughs with the Clown Prince of Crime
- Justice League Detroit follows a set of knock-off figures from the era.
- The Idol-Head of Diabolu has only begun to cover Martian Manhunter
- ...nurgh... reviews the entire series of mini-comics
- Doom Patrol Blog takes a spin with Red Tornado
- Fortress of Baileytude - Superman
- Firestorm Fan follows the Nuclear Man.
- Once Upon A Geek covers Dr. Fate and the unproduced Blue Devil & Shockwave figures
It's not clear whether it'll *post* them all, but just in case, I'll see if I can change settings to automatically put everything behind an LJ-cut. If I can't, or if it doesn't work, I'd like to apologize in advance to anyone who reads their friends' page between the time it posts and the time I manually fix it. Update: Loudtweeter swears it'll only actually *post* today's items, it just receives 200 messages at a time from Twitter. So you should be safe! (I did manage to wrap the template in an LJ-cut, assuming I didn't mess up the formatting. Not sure if I'll leave it or not. Something to deal with later.)
OK, back to reading specs.
- Current Mood:frazzled
- Current Music:Silent All These Years by Tori Amos (no, really!)
We started by grabbing some water and (in my case) a chocolate milkshake (because I wanted some ice cream, dangit! and drinkable made it easier), then wandered through the arts and crafts displays, where they showed prize-winning jewelry, crochet, display models, dresses, origami, etc.
Then we made our way to the back of the fair, where they had set up a portable theater for Al's Brain (in 3-D!). There was a huge sand sculpture out front of "Weird Al" Yankovic holding out a brain in his hand. An animated question mark and exclamation point would occasionally pop out the top of his head, and smoke would pour from his ears.
"Weird Al" has actually had a long association with the Orange County Fair, often doing free concerts on multiple nights during the run. We've seen him there at least twice, possibly three times. One year there was a "Weird Al" museum of sorts. This year, he got involved in a short 3-D educational film (comedic, of course) about the brain.
( More about Al"s Brain; Zucchini Weenies and Chocolate-Covered Bacon; Acrobats; Concert; The Fair at NightCollapse )
Cross-posted at K-Squared Ramblings and at Facebook.
Some highlights so far:
- Lost was *the* panel to attend this year.
- Flash Forward looks awesome.
- Mad Science: The Science Behind Science-Fiction was fun, with reps from Eureka!, Fringe and Caprica/BSG.
Oh, and there's the matter of the costumes...