This house finch is clearly in Engineering. “I’m giving her all the power I can, Cap’n!”

A small red bird perched on a cable where multiple power cables are connected to the edge of a roof.

This house #finch is clearly in Engineering. “I’m giving her all the power I can, Cap’n!”

#birds #nature #wires

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Alternate caption: “Great, I’m stuck in Electrical.”

Saw (and heard) a bunch of finches when I went to take the trash bins out this morning.

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Historical death, Dyatlov Pass Incident

New(ish) theory on the Dyatlov Pass Incident: a small avalanche with a large chunk of snow could have caused the blunt-force injuries, leading to them evacuating the tent, without leaving the expected (but missing) signs of a full avalanche.

Has science solved one of history’s greatest adventure mysteries?

The bizarre deaths of hikers at Russia’s Dyatlov Pass have inspired countless conspiracy theories, but the answer may lie in an elegant computer model based on surprising sources.

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Of course, a mini avalanche isn’t as exciting as, say, an attack by Yeti or running into an experimental Soviet weapons test

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I don’t know what NatGeo’s doing there. Short version:

An avalanche could explain why they cut their way out of their tent and were found scattered around the campsite, but there was no snowfall & no signs of an avalanche when the bodies were found, & it doesn’t explain the various injuries.

Car crash test data + snow simulation developed for Frozen + some of the hikers put their bedrolls on top of their skis makes the injuries fit if a slab of snow landed on the tent.

And the team diary recorded strong winds, which most likely would have been blowing downslope, which could have moved enough snow around to trigger a small avalanche.

Not conclusive, of course, but within the realm of possibility.

covid vaccine, snowstorm

Oregon healthcare workers stuck on the road in a snowstorm with vaccine doses they knew wouldn’t make it back to the clinic before expiring ended up walking up and down the road knocking on car doors offering the shots to other people stuck in traffic with them.

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Link: Oregon health-care workers were stuck in a snowstorm with expiring vaccines. So, they gave shots to strangers caught in traffic.

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I saw this squirrel from about 20 feet away. It slowly moved toward me, pausing to pose every few feet. I think it was hoping I would feed it.

I saw this squirrel from about 20 feet away. It slowly moved toward me, pausing to pose every few feet. I think it was hoping I would feed it.

I saw this #squirrel from about 20 feet away. It slowly moved toward me, pausing to pose every few feet. I think it was hoping I would feed it.

#animals #nature

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The weirdest migraine aura I’ve had added several hours of aphasia to the usual (for me) flashing zigzag lines and blind spots. I understood all the scans they did at the ER, but I could barely string a sentence together. I was back to normal the next morning.

@theavandiepen @TeamPumfy @StructuredSucc The weirdest migraine aura I’ve had added several hours of aphasia to the usual (for me) flashing zigzag lines and blind spots. I understood all the scans they did at the ER, but I could barely string a sentence together. I was back to normal the next morning.

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So weird how people are convinced that someone whose signature move is to go back on his word to re-negotiate deals, and who viciously turns on anyone the moment they cease to be useful to him, has *their* back.

So weird how people are convinced that someone whose signature move is to go back on his word to re-negotiate deals, and who viciously turns on anyone the moment they cease to be useful to him, has *their* back.

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“This is China,” whined a man leaving the Capitol grounds. No. China is imprisoning *pro*-democracy protestors. You’re being allowed to walk away after rioting *against* democracy.

“This is China,” whined a man leaving the Capitol grounds.

No. China is imprisoning *pro*-democracy protestors. You’re being allowed to walk away after rioting *against* democracy.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/01/06/dc-protests-trump-rally-live-updates/

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