According to this anonymous online survey… – Dilbert

Dilbert comic strip for 09/01/2010 from the official Dilbert comic strips archive..

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It’s your Action McNews Network

All Salon

via It’s your Action McNews Network.

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A Long, Strange Trip Downwind Faster Than the Wind | Autopia | Wired.com

A Long, Strange Trip Downwind Faster Than the Wind | Autopia | Wired.com.

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“Two Rocks Converse,” by Tom Gauld

Boing Boing “Two Rock Converse,” by Tom Gauld.

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Esplanade Ave Bluff Erosion – August Photo Update

Latest pictures from below Esplanade Ave in Pacifica, courtesy of a generous local observer (see Flickr Esplanade Ave – August 2010 for larger images and more text):


For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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The Menace of Friday the Thirtheenth – According to Pogo Possum (1965)

From a delightful (though unauthorized) blog of daily strips: Whirled of Kelly, “Ork! Ork!” I Cry, in Piddiful Noo!.

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Chewbacca fights Nazis while riding mutant squirrel

Chewbacca fights Nazis while riding mutant squirrel – Boing Boing.

Perhaps originally from: chewy comission fur on fur.

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The rain in Spain stays mainly in the brains!

Split Lip — My Fair Zombie T-Shirt.

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Minor Earthquake and Current Photos

A minor earthquake did no apparent damage, but was a good reminder of what’s at stake in making the buildings along Esplanade Ave. safe. It also gave a great excuse to tour the beach below the properties, look for new dirt falls, and check out the current works along the bluff.

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View M3.2 – OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – 2010 July 23 21:29:10 UTC in a larger map

USGS: Magnitude 3.2 – OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, 2010 July 23 21:29:10 UTC

310 and 320 Esplanade Ave as seen from the Beach

As seen from the base of the bluff below the “dog park” by Lands End on Esplanade Ave, this is 310 Esplanade on the center left, and 320 Esplanade on the right.

South end of 320 Esplanade

This view of the south end of 320 Esplanade shows the undercut cement of the apartment patios. On the right is 330 Esplande. It is missing between 40 and 45 of patios, as well as all of its decks and railings. The shredded material below 330 is the remnants of the sprayed cement “shotcrete” wal and soil nails intended to halt the bluff erosion and protect the property.

South end of 320 Esplanade – Detail

The majority of 320 Esplanade continues to rest on solid bluff, but the right corner of the building’s foundation is unsupported. This smaller part of the building was its laundry room. The dangling sandbags and black plastic is all that’s left of a large tarp placed to stop rain and water erosion.

330 Esplanade Bluff and Dirt

The surface of the bluff below 330 Esplanade was sealed with sprayed shotcrete cement. The project to anchor all of the cement with steel rods after only the top three or four courses of rods. The contractor stated that the wall failed because it was incomplete, and recently it has sued the property owner for lack of payment for the work.

Completed Textured Cement Wall Below 360 Esplanade

This is apparently what a finished shot crete and soil nail wall would like. The cement is colored and textured to make it blend with the neighboring sandy bluff.

330 Esplanade Bluff and Wall

The ends of clusters of long metal rods called soil nails are bolted together in rows at the top of the bluff. The sprayed cement sealed the sandy bluff surface to protect it from rain and spray, but was not meant to be the final, permanent outer surface. The project stopped befiore it was done, apparently because the owner did not pay the bills.




For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

South end of 320 Esplanade

This view of the south end of 320 Esplanade shows the undercut cement of the apartment patios. On the right is 330 Esplande. It is missing between 40 and 45 of patios, as well as all of its decks and railings. The shredded material below 330 is the remnants of the sprayed cement “shotcrete” wal and soil nails intended to halt the bluff erosion and protect the property.

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Killed by being swung around by the heels by a circus clown.

Mostly Forbidden Zone – Killed by being swung around by the heels by a….

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Tribute to Escher

Interactive computer graphics (CG) 3D panorama – awesome!

Be sure to:

  1. go fullscreen (button top left)
  2. right-click on the image to change the projection. Try “little planet” for ultra trippiness.

Statement by Nico Roig, the artist:

This is … a full CG generated panorama – don’t expect to find it anywhere!

I made it to give special recognition to M.C.Escher’s work, a very talented artist widely known. This impossible world was inspired by Escher’s lithograph “Relativity”. Be careful not to get sick wandering around!

Visit the artist’s web page for more info on this project and access to the rest of his photos and panoramas: http://www.360cities.net/image/tribute-to-escher#58.88,-0.03,16.2

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The Right to Bear Arms (Winnie the Hulk)

Art of Andrew: One More I Forgot To Add via Boing Boing Winnie the Hulk.

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