Friday, May 15, 2009


  • Good news, everyone! According to a very clever bunch of researchers, those melty polar ice caps won't cause as much damage everywhere.
  • Bad news, everyone! Researchers claim that "the maximum increase in sea level rise is centred at a latitude of about 40 degrees along the Atlantic and Pacific seaboards of North America" due to "disruptions to the Earth's gravity field."
  • And, since stately Goon Manor is located roughly at 41° North, on a saltmarsh on a harbor that empties into Buzzards Bay and thus, the North Atlantic, I get to make the best of the meltification that all the Global Climate Change deniers say won't happen because Al Gore uses electricity in his house or something.
  • Don't ask me why I haven't come right out and mentioned my friends' new band. Oh, that's right, because I just assume that everyone consults THE GAM section over there in the right-hand column of this Journal. THUNK. (as you can tell from their site, on which your Journal is highly visible) is a hard-to-categorize SUPER GROUP, made up of musicians from many other bands. Just like Asia.
  • All right, not at all like Asia. Because that was easily characterized as poopenkr├Ąppen, whereas THUNK. is a mesmerizing jam thing. The music available so far on their site is a Widespread Panic cover, so Joss Whedon should be very happy, even with how miserable Dollhouse did.
  • You can catch THUNK. on Saturday May 23 in Brooklyn, NY, at Jeff's Loft, 87 3rd Avenue (3rd floor) or Thursday, June 4th, at Xxodus Cafe, 276 Westminster Street in Providence, RI (The Black Repertory Company).
  • "The Dartmouth Historical Commission and its partners in preservation and conservation are sponsoring "Celebrate Dartmouth Day," from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday," they said. More information is here.
  • This in from NOAA:
    The names Gustav, Ike and Paloma in the Atlantic and Alma in the North Pacific will not be used again. Those names would have been used again in 2014. In their place will be Gonzalo, Isaias and Paulette in the Atlantic and Amanda in the North Pacific. The committee issues the list of potential names for tropical cyclones to be used every six years for both the Atlantic basin and eastern North Pacific basin.
  • Oh, and it's only two weeks to the start of the North Atlantic Storm (I can't say "Hurricane" after the Bruins...) Season, which all the forecasters predict will be bigger than last year. Also which nobody wanted to hear.
  • So, here's to Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, and Wanda, and here's hoping we never see your names again and they won't have to retire any of them either.

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