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Bertha On Twitter

I have used twitter for a number of years, I often check in times of Crisis or "Big News", by following enough of the right people you have fast access to breaking news. I follow news organizations, journalists, media critiics a few politicians, NGOs and writers. Then there are the local connections, friends, artists local notables etc.

I might look at Twitter a few times in a week or a few times in a day depending on world events or my free time. My twitter stream is congested but the interface lets you scan quickly and you have the ability to create lists to segregate different types in to groups, this helps cut down on chatter when you are interested in something specific.

I am sharing a tweet above from a local tweeter user, Bertha , "I’m Bertha, the world’s largest-diameter tunneling machine. In summer 2013, I started digging the SR 99 tunnel to replace Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct". You see by the example that even objects or buildings can have a twitter feed. This example is the nugget in this post, today Bertha told the citizens of Seattle two very important things :

  • Emergency gates will close the viaduct automatically if significant ground movement is detected.
  • Bottom line: Chances of a quake that could cause viaduct collapse = 1-in-10 in the next 10 yrs
  • WSDOT should put these tweets on a billboard ayt each end of the viaduct.

    One Twenty | Analog Photos in 120 Format

    My Holga Blog Site........
    Kodak introduced 120 film in 1902 with the release of their Brownie no.2 camera. Few companies manufacture 120 film today, no one knows how long it will remain commercially available, there is little demand for it today.......

    Analog photography has become archaic, artists and old people are about the only ones that still hang on to film and analog cameras. I own a Holga (toy camera) and experiment with it when I can. At my local custom lab I can get 12 negatives developed and scanned to CD for about $16.00. The price of an expensive lunch, a little more than a music CD.

    Preserve The Wild Places In Your Town

    Monetary value of a green belt? Housing prices increase when the homes are near a green belt, recreational value increases, noise reduction and cleaner air are more benefits, storm-water drainage and wildlife habitat too. In our neo-liberal society where everything must have a value of exchange and be financialized, who will determine the value of an urban forest or a greenbelt or even vacant undeveloped property? When a developer can turn a quick profit bulldozing vacant land and throwing up a slap bang structure of dubious quality, how can we protect the trees and the bushes that give the wild creatures we share the city with a home? Protect your urban greenbelts, get your city, town or county to protect them by purchasing or by zoning.

    Urban Forest

    From Wikipedia:

    Urban forests play an important role in ecology of human habitats in many ways: they filter air, water, sunlight, provide shelter to animals and recreational area for people. They moderate local climate, slowing wind and stormwater, and shading homes and businesses to conserve energy. They are critical in cooling the urban heat island effect, thus potentially reducing the number of unhealthful ozone days that plague major cities in peak summer months.

    Last weekend we went for a walk in the forest above, this is not virgin territory but it still has a wild quality. I looked for signs of coyotes or raccoon but they were none to be seen. We did meet some people foraging mushrooms (psilocybin). The forest is on a hill above Puget Sound in the Alki Neighborhood. More photos from the walk here

    The In-Between Places

    Eight o'clock in the morning standing in the cold, waiting for a work associate in-between the busy street and a rough and wild spot, surrounded by poverty and un-developed land. It has a certain quality, not beauty, but a wild attractiveness. {location}

    It was cold and wet but it felt good. I thought about the book, Where We Live Now: An Annotated Reader, by Matthew Stadler and its focus on amorphous urban/suburban planning and the spaces in between city and country. This was such a place. Because it is located in a depressed area, where the poor could afford to live, but was not attractive to developers or banks it has kept that wild feeling, there are dwellings nearby but they are run down and the surrounding area is a wasteland neglected and forgotten. Cars speed by on the adjacent road and the passengers never even see what is here. Oh yes I work almost next door.

    Take some time explore the in-between places where you will discover a wildness and some kind of beauty.And look for Matthew Stadler's book.

    First Wind Storm of the Season

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    Dateline Seattle 10/25/14: High Wind Warning issued by National Weather Service.

    At least 33,000 lost power in Seattle as of 2:00 a.m. And as many as 91,000 Puget Sound Energy customers are without power.  Outages run from North Seattle down to the Rainier Valley. Our power went out for about two hours, the wind howled and raced through the neighborhood,  No trees were lost near our home but one took out a crucial power line somewhere near by. Our old house was lucky the large Deodar Cedar in the front yard lost a trunk and it landed on Tuckers car and Kim's house.

    Photo by tom sparks  

    Snoqualmie Valley

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    day in the country

    At Baylor Farm on the Skykomish River

    Seattle Fault And Native Spirits

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    Representation of the a'yahos spirit.

    Although the A.D. 900–930 earthquake was over a thousand years ago, local native legends have preserved an association of a powerful supernatural spirit – a'yahos, noted for shaking, rushes of water, and landsliding – with five locales along the trace of the Seattle Fault, including a "spirit boulder" near the Fauntleroy ferry dock in West Seattle.

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    First suspected from mapping of gravitational anomalies in 1965  and an uplifted marine terrace at Restoration Point, the Seattle Fault's existence and likely hazard was definitely established by a set of five reports published in Science in 1992. These reports looked at the timing of abrupt uplift and subsidence around Restoration Point and Alki Point tsunami deposits on Puget Sound, turbidity in lake paleosediments, rock avalanches, and multiple landslides around Lake Washington, and determined that all these happened about 1100 years ago (between A.D. 900–930), and most likely due to an earthquake of magnitude 7 or greater on the Seattle Fault.

    Spirit Boulder

    Restoration Point

    Alki Point