Saturday, May 10, 2008

Create Moving Kaleidoscopes

Slide.com slide shows are popular on myspace as a way to pimp your profile for free with minimum fuss. I hadn't played with the options there for several years, so I only recently discovered the "prism" option. Though it slows down my computer (and I'm sure the loading of myspace profiles on most people's computes), I love kaleidoscopes. I have a Kaleidoscopes Video Showcase lens on Squidoo but couldn't add Slide.com slide shows to it so here they are...

Wanda Wonka



This image is "Wanda" (incognito in those snazzy fake sunglasses) at m&m's world in Las Vegas. The image was taken last weekend. I got dizzy in this m&m tumbler. I'm a wuss when it comes to dizzy.



Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Earthquake Zone

I've brought up a few times on Twitter that I'm living in an earthquake zone. Northwest Reno has become a source of intersts for seismologists around the world thanks to the earthquake swarm that has hit. According to the news we've had over 5000 earthquakes (from itsy bitsy to 4.7 magnitude) since late February.

Lucky me to live on the end of town that feels all the quakes that can be felt. This evening the earth has been rumbling all night. We just had a 3.8 (according to the news) after I started this post.

Let me just say that with 5000 earthquakes I haven't been sleeping all that well for the better part of those two months.

I'm concerned and fearful because darn if I don't live on the edge of mountains that got here thanks to earthquakes. I try to tell myself the largest known quake in Nevada was 7.2 and that is 900 times less powerful than the Good Friday Earthquake in southcentral Alaska. My grandfather's house survived Alaska's quake with a few cracks in the bricks in the basement. But then again, when the 4.7 hit Reno two weeks ago and mother nature popped my butt up off the couch several inches I was a complete adrenalin maniac 10 hours later. I managed to get to work without driving off the road but people had to remind me to do things like clock in I was such a basketcase.

I suppose I am nervous in part because ever since I first became aware of the messy geology of the desert Southwest, I've often looked at mountains and other rock features and decided I am thankful I wasn't there the day the whole thing went crashing up or down or sideways or whichever way God felt like pushing rock that day.


Wrinkles in Time?

The mountains above are actually just to the north of Las Vegas, Nevada. You can see in the picture this mountainous area has a dramatic example that what was once a flat plain that accumulated sediment for eons can suddenly shoot up at a "40" degree angle. I am under the impression the forces required to make adjustments like that build up over time and then one day ... kapowie.

Wasn't it lucky that mountain was created prior to human habitation of North America because though the results are lovely, I'm sure it was not a lovely day in Nevada.


Resources

U.S. Geological Survey, Earthquake Hazards Program (Northern California)
http://quake.usgs.gov/

Recent Earthquakes in California and Nevada
All Earthquakes on Index Map
http://quake.usgs.gov/recenteqs/Quakes/quakes0.html

Recent Earthquakes in California and Nevada
Big Earthquakes on Index Map
http://quake.usgs.gov/recenteqs/Quakes/quakes.big.html

The event pages include .kml files that can be opened and you can see on Google Earth where the quake was located. Here is where this evening's happened. I'm not familiar with this neighborhood but when quakes have hit my own I can walk by the tree the fault is located under and think "not now, not now".

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Significance of Clan/ Animal Symbols

Significance of Clan and Animal Symbols
http://authenticaksales.com/Significance%20of%20Clan.pdf

Authentic Alaskan Sales sells authenitc Tlingit jewelry online and also has a list with short description of the different animal symbols (totems) prominent in Tlingit culture.

One example: "The Raven is known as the trickster because of his wit and sense of humor. He is quick, curious and legends tell of him bringing light to the world. Raven exemplifies creativity, prestige and knowledge, and can be easily identified by its long straight beak."

Other animals described are eagle, bear, wolf, frog, killer whale, hummingbird, and sea otters. There is also a description of the significance of copper and the moon.