Storm damage and high temperatures have left 1.3 million homes and businesses in the eastern United States without power since Friday. At least 23 people have been killed, some crushed by falling trees, others from heatstroke. From Illinois to Virginia, "Many Fourth of July celebrations were canceled as local governments confronted damage from the hurricane-force winds and high heat and drought conditions that made firework shows risky." There's an intense image comparison here at the NASA website, showing before/after satellite images that reveal massive blackouts in DC, Richmond, and other cities affected by the "derecho" storms.
Simon Stephenson, author of the new novel, Set My Heart To Five, wrote the following exclusive essay for Boing Boing. — MF Welcome To The Misstopia When I moved to Los Angeles in 2013, there were no mosquitoes here. Maybe it was not a wonder on the scale of the Pacific Ocean as seen from… READ THE REST
An outbreak of wildfires has spread across Oregon. As Oregon Public Broadcasting explains: Thousands of Oregonians were evacuated from their homes Tuesday, as conditions led to a spate of surging wildfires state officials said is unprecedented in modern memory. […] The gusts that began Monday gave new life to fires that had burned in central… READ THE REST
Discovered by journalists with Vesti Yamal TV in Russia, a 164-ft crater in Siberia joins the other mysterious holes (previously, previously) thought to be the result of methane explosions. Record temperatures in the region accellerate the thawing of permafrost, releasing the trapped gases. This is the 17th such feature, called a hydrolaccolith, that scientists have… READ THE REST
Standardized testing is the worst. The stress during the buildup. The worry about whether you're learning and studying the exact items that will show up on the test. And perhaps the worst part, the knowing that this single performance, with no context for who you are, where you came from, how much you've grown or… READ THE REST
With all the streaming services you're subscribed to now, do you really need cable anymore? Sure, local channels provide content that streamers can't match, but what else are you watching on cable channels that justifies that massive monthly cable bill? We're all trying to save cash, so cut the cord permanently but smartly, but dumping… READ THE REST
DevOps moves so fast they had to mash two words together into the job title so they could be said faster. It's a process of lightning-fast experimentation and iteration. Try something, see if it works, optimize it, and move forward. It's a constantly charging sequence of events that requires more than just the development talent… READ THE REST