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52 Ways to Die in a Cave

As part of the promotion for James Tabor’s book Blind Descent a list of potentially fatal caving mishaps has been making the rounds. (Curious? Read, Boing Boing, etc.)

Having been on some extended caving descents myself, this list made me laugh, reminded me of some close calls, and generally made we want to get underground again. Funny: #32 really wouldn’t kill you. Creepy: #43. Really – this could have happened to us once and we were anxiously hypervigilant to prevent it. Finally, if #52 doesn’t almost happen you then you’re really not having enough fun!

I don’t have any pictures from those excursions back in NY State and Pennsylvania but I do have some recent ones from a beach cave here in Northern California. I’ll post those later.

52 Ways to Die in a Cave

  1. Acetylene explosion (acetylene still used by some as fuel for cave lamps)
  2. Camp stove explosion (white gas or butane)
  3. Fall while climbing rock
  4. Fall while downclimbing rock
  5. Fall while ascending rope
  6. Fall while rappelling (descending rope)
  7. Rockfall
  8. Dig or tunnel collapse
  9. Unplanned detachment from rebelay
  10. Failure to complete change from rappel to ascent, and vice versa
  11. Prusik knots jammed
  12. Prusik knots won’t grip
  13. Ascenders slip on muddy, wet, or icy rope (this one almost got me on a 250-foot drop)
  14. Strangulation in vertical gear
  15. Fall from losing grip on handline
  16. Rope anchor failure
  17. Rope failure
  18. Rope cut by falling rock
  19. Ladder failure
  20. Uncontrolled rappel
  21. Harness carabiner opens during rappel (as with Chris Yeager)
  22. Rappel shunt (emergency brake) defeated during rappel
  23. Unwanted rappel shunt activation
  24. Rappel off end of rope (as with Alexander Karabikhin)
  25. Drop rope
  26. Rope recoils out of reach after rappel
  27. Rappel into pit without ascent gear
  28. Foot hang
  29. Chemical contamination of rope
  30. Animals eat rope
  31. Rappel rack nut falls off
  32. Hair caught in rappel rack
  33. Clothing or chinstrap caught in rappel rack
  34. Sewn sling tears
  35. Exhaustion
  36. Hypothermia
  37. Drowning
  38. Becoming lost
  39. Out of light
  40. Entrapment by flood
  41. Entrapment by rockfall
  42. Asphyxiation by methane, carbon dioxide, blast fumes, etc.
  43. Locked inside gated entrance
  44. Poisonous snakes and insects
  45. Struck by lightning while in cave stream
  46. Struck by lightning while talking on cable telephone to surface
  47. Rabid bat bite
  48. Bacterial or fungal infection: histoplasmosis, etc.
  49. Hyperthermia (some caves are 130F)
  50. Incapacitating injury
  51. Incapacitating illness
  52. Stuck in crevice

BLIND DESCENT by James Tabor is in stores on June 15, 2010 and available for preorder now. Learn more at http://www.BlindDescent.com

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Pic of the Day: Floating in the Ocean – My Modern Metropolis

Pic of the Day: Floating in the Ocean – My Modern Metropolis.

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Anti-identity-theft huckster has had identity stolen at least 13 times

According to Boing Boing, Todd Davis’s identity has been stolen at least 13 times. Davis is CEO of LifeLock, a company that sells anti-identity-theft services, and their ads feature Davis’s Social Security Number (because their service works so well he can afford to publicize his SSN without being compromised. Collection agencies across the country are trying to get him to cough up for debts that other people have racked up with the SSN they copied from the ad.

LifeLock has already been fined $12,000,000 by the FTC for deceptive advertising. The Phoenix New Times has a long, investigative story on LifeLock’s business practices and the (in)efficacy of its services. It’s a pretty comprehensive look at how to make something that doesn’t work very well and compound that with bad business practices. (Cracking LifeLock: Even After a $12 Million Penalty for Deceptive Advertising, the Tempe Company Can’t Be Honest About Its Identity-Theft-Protection Service)

Boing Boing via Anti-identity-theft huckster has had identity stolen at least 13 times.

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Television Tropes & Idioms

Terrific fun for readers, writers and couch potatoes:

What is this about? This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction. We dip into the cauldron of story, whistle up a hearty spoonful and splosh it in front of you to devour to your heart’s content.

Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clichés. The word clichéd means “stereotyped and trite.” In other words, dull and uninteresting. We are not looking for dull and uninteresting entries. We are here to recognize tropes and play with them, not to make fun of them.

The wiki is called “TV Tropes” because TV is where we started. Over the course of a few years, our scope has crept out to include other media. Tropes transcend television. They exist in life. Since a lot of art, especially the popular arts, does its best to reflect life, tropes are likely to show up everywhere.

Home Page – Television Tropes & Idioms.

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Cutting libraries in a recession is like…

[Design by Daniel Solis, from an observation by Eleanor Crumblehulme. Licensed under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.]

Orange Crate Art via Cutting libraries.

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SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD New Poster

SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD New Poster by THE WALKING DEAD Artist Charlie Adlard

Synopsis:

Immediately following the events of Diary of the Dead, SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD is the 6th film from George A. Romero to look at a world where humans are in the minority and the zombies rule.

Off the coast of Delaware sits the cozy Plum Island where two families are locked in a struggle for power, as it has been for generations.  The O’Flynn’s, headed by patriarch Patrick O’Flynn (Kenneth Welsh) approach the zombie plague with a shoot-to-kill attitude.  The Muldoons, headed by Shamus Muldoon (Richard Fitzpatrick), feel that the zombies should be quarantined and kept ‘alive,’ in hopes that a solution will someday be found.

The O’Flynn’s, who are clearly outnumbered, are forced to exile Patrick by boat to the mainland, where he meets up with a band of soldiers, headed by Guardsman Sarge (Alan Van Sprang). They join forces and return to the island, to find that the zombie plague has fully gripped the divided community.

As the battle between humans and zombies escalates, the master filmmaker continues to reinvent the modern horror genre with wicked humor and pointed social commentary.

SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD premieres on VOD, Amazon, Xbox Zune and Playstation April 30 and will be in theaters on May 28th.

Trailer:

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Holly Miranda, Joints [Video]

This morning I got an awesome cut from the neat music discovery website Track In The Box, Holly Miranda singing her original “Joints”.

From the Track in a Box website:

This track is off Miranda’s The Magicians’s Private Library (great title), but this version is from a trio of sessions with just her and fiddle player/solo artist Marques Toliver (who is amazing in his own right) which follows the two of them playing around Williamsburg. Miranda’s voice is absolutely phenomenal in a wait are you for real and why are you not everywhere sort of way, and while there are plenty of ‘she sounds like (insert female vocalist’s name here)’ comparisons out there, that’s really not doing it justice. She is amazing; there’s a bit with an echo in the staircase that’s… gah! Just listen, then listen again, then listen to the rest of the sessions, then listen to the album, then start over again. That’s what’s been going on over here anyway.

http://www.hollymiranda.com/lyrics

Joints

Dreamt of you again last night
Called your phone to hear your voice
I know
I know you know
That I’ll never let you go
How do I let go?

I can feel it in my joints
It aches and creaks and
There’s no point
In growing old
Oh this life I’ve made on my own
Is lonely with the love I’ve known

Where are you
Is where I want to be
Where are you
Is where I want to be

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Reid Hillview Airport Day 2010

San Carlos Airport Association » Blog Archive » 6/26/10: RHV Airport Day.

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Unicorn Meat

Boing Boing, Unicorn Meat.

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#3956: HIPPOS

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ASCII Art Farts, #3956: HIPPOS.

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Work Intelligence Test

Savage Chickens – Cartoons on Sticky Notes by Doug Savage

via Work Intelligence Test.

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HTC Droid Incredible Coming on Verizon April 29

Video on YouTube.

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