Interesting, at least to me…

From Weirddave at Ace of Spades HQ

In between MySpace and Facebook, there was LiveJournal. It’s still big outside the US, I understand, but eight years ago, just after the election of Obama, Sigma-one-seven started a journal. It purported to be written by a member of the American Resistance, writing from the year 2033, using some type of temporal technology her cell had captured from a government laboratory. The journal was kept up for about 4 years, and it was an amazingly good read about the trials and tribulations she was going through with her cell, fighting off government agencies, helping normal citizens (for example, people in rural Virginia were freezing to death due to government prohibition against burning wood-to combat “global warming”, of course-during raging blizzards that were the norm), and trying to keep the ideals of America alive. It was well written, engaging in a serial style, and the story had everything: People put in camps, genetically engineered wolves, states seceding, and lots of “history” (to her, speculative future to us. You’ll never guess who the president is, for example.). It’ll take a while to read it all, but it is very enjoyable. The story starts here. At the time it seemed far fetched.

The story stops almost exactly three years from the beginning. There is no hint to the identity of the author, unless it is really Charlene from the year 2030. I can find nothing on the web, which is too bad; I would love to read more.

Today in history

At 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, become the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which at 29,035 feet above sea level is the highest point on earth.

Since Hillary and Norgay’s historic climb, numerous expeditions have made their way up to Everest’s summit. In 1960, a Chinese expedition was the first to conquer the mountain from the Tibetan side, and in 1963 James Whittaker became the first American to top Everest. Nearly two hundred climbers have died attempting to summit the mountain, including four climbers last week.


This week’s sign that the apocalypse is upon us

Earlier this month, a professor at Santa Monica College led students in an ‘EcoSexual Sextravaganza’ in which participants ‘married the ocean.’

After the ceremony, some students made their way to the shoreline, where they were urged by event organizers to “consummate” the marriage and “make love with the water.”


He’s still got it!

The 96-year-old inventor of the Heimlich manoeuvre has used the technique himself to save a choking woman at his retirement home. It is thought to be only the second time Dr Henry Heimlich has used it in an emergency. He dislodged a piece of hamburger from the 87-year-old woman’s airway, staff at Deupree House in Cincinnati said.

Dr Heimlich said it made him appreciate how wonderful it had been “to be able to save all those lives”.


News you can use

How to Protect Your Eyes From Getting Sunburned

You wear sunscreen year-round, even on cloudy days, but what are you doing to safeguard your eyes? (And no, sorry, those $7 sunglasses you use as a permanent headband don’t count as a legit form of protection.)

While not as common as sunburned skin, photokeratitis — aka sunburned eyes — can occur when unprotected or under-protected eyes are exposed to sunlight reflecting off water, sand, ice, and snow, as well as those high-intensity UV lamps found in tanning beds. This kind of burn damages the thin surface layer of the cornea, and symptoms range from pain, redness, and swelling to watery eyes, sensitivity to bright light, blurriness of vision, and even temporary vision loss.

Excellent recommendations.

I believe in “Thermonuclear Protection by Oakley”.