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Unrest in the world…

Mount St. Helens before...and after...Volcanic unrest, that is. It appears that Mount St. Helens is rumbling a bit, enough so that scientists have posted a warning of volcanic unrest.

Seismic activity at Mount St. Helens has changed significantly during the past 24 hours and the changes make us believe that there is an increased likelihood of a hazardous event, which warrants release of this Notice of Volcanic Unrest. The swarm of very small, shallow earthquakes (less than Magnitude 1) that began on the morning of 23 September peaked about mid-day on 24 September and slowly declined through yesterday morning. However, since then the character of the swarm has changed to include more than ten larger earthquakes (Magnitude 2-2.8), the most in a 24-hr period since the eruption of October 1986. In addition, some of the earthquakes are of a type that suggests the involvement of pressurized fluids (water and steam) or perhaps magma. The events are still occurring at shallow depths (less than one mile) below the lava dome that formed in the crater between 1980 and 1986.

Shake, rattle and roll.

I remember observing the eruption from the relatively safe area around Portland, but we still got inches of ash on the ground. Quite a mess. Let's hope for a more mild show.

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Keyboard Kraziness…

Somebody had an idea that I had a long time ago: to use evolutionary techniques to evolve a better keyboard layout that QWERTY or even Dvorak. I sense a certain logic of design in the Dvorak that seems absent in the best of his evolved designs, but the evolved designs look pretty good overall.


My bad speech habits…

Wherein your host apologizes for his inept speech habits, reviews the Star Wars trilogy DVD collection, yaps a bit about graphics hardware and Moore's law, and looks forward to Shaun of the Dead.


Hand Shadows

Bunny Shadows!Cory Doctorow over at boingboing drew my attention to the classic Hand Shadows by Henry Bursill. Does your kid want a new Playstation 2 to keep himself amused? Hand him this book instead.