Thursday, March 23, 2017

Absolutely Degenerate Basket of Deplorables

I'm not sure if I should be ashamed or proud to be a charter member of the Absolutely Degenerate Basket of Deplorables, but I am what I am. We have been un-PC-ly subverting the popular culture for well over a year now and at some point need to upgrade to a podcast. Memes courtesy of the PhotoShop kung-fu of Stephen Soto (all rights reserved).

Graphic of the Day - 2614 Lightning Strikes

This the result of the latest late-season storm ending overnight last night and the 24-hours previous.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thunderstorm Over Mount Wilson

KNBC-TV Los Angeles just tweeted this dual image (above) of a strong thunderstorm over Mount Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles County as viewed from down below in the San Gabriel Valley. Below is a view of the storm approaching that locale as viewed from the Mount Wilson Towercam.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

R.I.P. SLOStringer!

I never met Matthew Frank a.k.a. SLOStringer, but I certainly became aware of him over the course of recent years. His accomplishments as a top-of-the-line scanner buff, firechaser, and photographer/videographer have become locally legendary and even earned him respect in the fire photographer and stringer community across the state. His news service became something members of the Central Coast community have come to depend upon for immediate, accurate, and relevant news coverage even more so than our traditional news sources such as newspapers and TV. Stringers shoot video for money, while SLOStringer, despite identifying as a stringer, really was not one in the traditional sense as he already had another business (owned a motorcycle shop). He did his stringing for the pure pleasure of chasing the story and reporting the facts and supporting our local first responders. His service to various elements of our community and to the local community generally, ended early this morning in a predawn traffic accident in a driving rainstorm. We here in San Luis Obispo County will be less well-informed and less well-served moving forward without him in our midst. I suppose the only positive to come out of this is that he died doing what he loved as he was responding in the 3 a.m. hour from his house in San Luis Obispo, CA, to a reported house fire in Atascadero, CA. R.I.P. SLOStringer!
*Note: last summer he covered the Chimney Fire quite remarkably and I covered his coverage starting HERE.
**Note: The Tribune ran a beautiful story about him HERE.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nocturnally Scintillating Noctiluca Scintillans

Somehow this magical 2015 outbreak of the plankton-like bioluminescent Noctiluca scintillans in Hobart, Tasmania in 2015 escaped my attention until I noticed THIS yesterday. It refers to an ongoing (as in March, 2017) outbreak occurring in Preservation Bay, Tasmania. While researching these two blooms, I noticed images of the same thing occurring in Maldives Islands as well. Apparently, the presence of this organism in this quantity can be a bad thing, but boy is it beautiful. I'd love to see a bloom of this organism but will have to settle for red tide along the California coast for now (something I have yet to witness). These images come from both Tasmanian outbreaks mentioned above. 

Photo by Paul Fleming (all rights reserved)

Photo by Dave Reynolds (all rights reserved)

Photo by Helen Wisby (all rights reserved)

Photo by Kev Morse (all rights reserved)

Photo by Lena Wisby (all rights reserved)

Photo by Lena Wisby (all rights reserved)

Photo by Ammonite (all rights reserved)

Photo by Leoni Williams (all rights reserved)

Photo by Leoni Williams (all rights reserved)

Photo by Jo Malcomson (all rights reserved)

Photo by Jonathan Esling (all rights reserved)

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

My Favorite Memes

Below is my list of some of my favorite internet memes. Internet memes are not to be confused with Richard Dawson's term "meme" from which the term internet meme is derived in a roundabout way. My list is in no particular order. Some of these are high-brow and even rather sophisticated and some are distinctly low-brow and yet others fall somewhere in between. I created none of these although I wish I was clever enough to have created at least some of them (and gifted in the arcane arts of Photoshop). I could try to explain each one of these to you but since I'm primarily sharing this with my fellow meme culture peeps and they already "get" these, I'll leave it up to you to figure them out if you can..... Google (and Google Images (and image search)) are your research friends. However, I will toss you this bone to get you started in memology: knowyourmeme.